Launching of Online Software for Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings IAS officers, will subsequently be extended to all Group “A” Officers

Launching of Online Software for Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings IAS
officers, will subsequently be extended to all Group “A” Officers ** Press Information Bureau, Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, 22-June-2017 15:32 IST,  Dr Jitendra Singh launches Online Software for Departmental Proceedings** The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of
North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances &
Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the online
Software for Departmental Proceedings, here today.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

22-June-2017 15:32 IST

Dr Jitendra Singh launches Online Software for Departmental Proceedings

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of
North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances &
Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the online
Software for Departmental Proceedings, here today. 
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh complemented the Department of
Personnel and Training (DoPT), CVC and other departments for their
collective efforts in this direction. He said that the Government under the
leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been working on the
principles of ‘maximum governance, minimum government’, transparency with
accountability & citizen centricity and zero tolerance against
corruption. The Minister said that the aim of the software is to see that
the proceedings are done against corrupt officers and the honest officers
are not put to harm due to inordinate delays. He said that the bureaucracy
is the tool of governance and the aim of the government is to provide
work-friendly environment to the officers. He said that the software will
check that the honest officers are not intimidated and it will encourage
the transparent functioning in the Government. It will ensure that the
malpractices are not spared and the good practices are not punished, he
added. He said that the efforts have been made to complete the disciplinary
enquiry within 2 years. He said that reducing the timeline in completion of
disciplinary proceedings will give faster relief to the honest officers. 
The Secretary to Prime Minister, Shri Bhaskar Khulbe said that it is a big
achievement accomplished by DoPT to bring departmental proceedings online.
He said that delays are inordinate in the entire proceedings structure and
this software will address that issue. He also emphasised upon the training
of the disciplinary proceeding officials and also mentioned that a ready
reckoner on rules and procedures should be available to the disciplinary
proceeding officials. 
The SS & EO, DoPT, Shri Rajiv Kumar said that DoPT has taken various
steps to streamline the process and make it more transparent. This software
will help fast track the process of departmental proceedings and bring more
transparency in the system, he added. 
The Secretary, CVC, Smt. Nilam Sawhney said that the focus of the software
is to reduce the pendency in the cases related to disciplinary proceedings. 
The online software portal for Departmental Proceedings is as per
provisions of All India Service (AIS )(D&A) Rules, 1969, against All
India Service officers. There had been serious concerns raised on the
enormous time and delay encountered for completion of departmental
proceedings instituted against government servants. As per a report of CVC,
departmental proceedings which should ideally be completed within 2 years
take anywhere from 2 to 7 years for completion. The delay is due to
numerous factors which inter alia include delays in furnishing replies by
the charged officer, finalisation/acquiring of documents required for
proving the charges (listed documents), multiple adjournments during the
inquiry process due to non-receipt or delayed receipt of information by the
stakeholders and lack of accountability for completion of inquiry and in
other stages during the departmental proceedings. To plug the delays and to
complete inquiries expeditiously, specific timeframes were recently
introduced through amendment to the AIS (D&A) Rules, 1969 which were
notified on 20.01.2017. The amendments have provided a timeframe of six
months for completion of inquiry. Any further extension will require
approval of the disciplinary authority with cogent arguments. Similarly,
timeframes have also been introduced for reply of the charged officer on
the charge sheet and advice of the UPSC. Amendments have also been made to
the analogous provisions of CSS (CCA) Rules in respect of Central
Government Employees vide notification dated 02.06.2017. 
To augment the amendments made to the rules and to further expedite the
inquiry process, the online system for departmental proceedings has been
introduced. The online system envisages use of cloud based technology and
provides interface to different stakeholders like the Administrative
Ministry, which is initiating the inquiry, the Cadre Controlling Authority,
Charged Officer, Inquiry Officer etc. through separate modules. All
documents required for the conduct of the inquiry will be stored online and
authenticated through digital signature/e-signature. Further, all
communication between the different stakeholders will be through the system
with provision for email and SMS alerts. The software also provides status
of all pending cases on real time basis along with alerts for adhering to
the timeframes indicated in the rule. It is expected that the online system
will enable monitoring of the departmental cases more effectively to
complete inquiries within stipulated timeframes and fix accountability at
different stages. The online portal will initially be adopted in respect of
IAS officers posted in the Central Government and will subsequently be
extended to AIS officers in the Central Government as well as Central Group
‘A’ employees. The State Government will also be involved in the subsequent
phases for consideration of extension to AIS officers serving in the State
Government.
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The senior officers of the DoPT were also present on the occasion. 
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Source: PIB

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