After taking a decisive and hard stance on curbing the menace of black money by demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, the Modi government has now tweaked service rules to allow online filing of officers’ performance reports from the next fiscal.
The new measure, as based on the direction of PM Modi, will put a lid on delayed submission of employees’ confidential report which often delays promotion. For greater transparency, PM Modi wanted that the officers’ performance reports are filed online.
Non-submission of employees’ performance reports had often came in the way of timely empanelment and appointments of officers, a senior DoPT official said.
It has also been decided that an officer can be assessed solely on the basis of his/her overall record and self-assessment for a year if his Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) is not recorded by December 31 of the assessment year.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has written to all cadre-controlling authorities like the Home Ministry (for Indian Police Service), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (for Indian Forest Service), Department of Public Enterprises (for central public sector enterprises) and the Department for Financial Services (for public sector banks, financial and insurance companies) in this regard.
The letter written by Rajiv Kumar, Establishment Officer, said now sufficient progress would have been made towards the compliance with the earlier directive and the department would be able to roll out mandatory online filing of APARs/Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) from the financial year 2017-18.
“Now it has been decided to ensure online filing of annual performance reports of all officers of 36 central civil services including those in Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Revenue Service (IRS). The National Informatics Centre has been asked to develop an online module in this regard,” the official said.