To ensure time-bound disposal of departmental inquiries against serving senior IAS officers, the Uttar Pradesh government has formed a committee of retired bureaucrats. The Department of Appointment and Personnel has said in its order that retired IAS officers will be invited to apply to join the committee.
The Chief Secretary, the Agriculture Production Commissioner, and the Additional Chief Secretary (Appointments Department) will review the applications and recommend suitable candidates.
All retired IAS officers on the panel will be assigned departmental inquiries against serving IAS officers and must complete their inquiries within 180 days.
As of now, serving IAS officers handle departmental investigations against all other officers.
UP cadre retired officers will be included in the panel, and they cannot be below the rank of secretary. The panel’s tenure will be three years, but arrangements will be made to ensure that at least one inquiry panel is available at all times. For selecting the probe officers, the government has set criteria that an officer during his entire service period was not penalised in any disciplinary or criminal matter.