Aiming to improve governance across the country, the central government today issued retirement notice for two IPS officers. Both the IPS officers, AM Juri and KC Agarwal, who have now been compulsorily retired, belonged to Chhattisgarh cadre. As per the retirement notice, the decision has been taken in public interest. The notice says that the two IPS officers have found to be inefficient. The early retirement of the IPS officers sends a clear message to the rest of the fraternity to perform or perish. It may be recalled that the government has been acting tough against inefficient IPS officers from the time it came to power. In the past two years, more than 130 officers have been issued early retirement notices. This was done through an elaborate review process, in which the service record of 11,828 Group ‘A’ and 19,714 Group ‘B’ officers was meticulously reviewed.
The early retirement of IPS officers has been done as per provisions available under All India Service Rule 16(3). As per the rule, it is within the power of the central government to retire an officer. It can be done by giving a notice and after consulting the respective state government. A government official said that this early retirement should not be taken as punishment. He said that such decisions are taken in public interest and both the officers were served notices before they were asked to leave. The performance of IPS, IAS and IFoS officials are reviewed in two stages, first when they complete 15 years and the second time when they complete 25 years.