44 bureaucrats took premature retirement in past six years



New Delhi: As many as 44 IAS officers serving at various positions across the country have taken voluntary retirement in the last six years, according to an RTI reply.

Of these, the highest of 19 IAS officers were granted permission for voluntary retirement in 2007, nine in 2008, three in 2009, two in 2011 and 11 last year, it said.

No officer was granted premature retirement in 2010, the reply said.

According to All India Services Rule, a member of the service has to give at least three months' notice in advance while seeking voluntary retirement.

Also, a cooling off period of one year is necessary for an officer of All India Services -- Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service -- while taking voluntary retirement for the purpose of taking employment in private sector.

The total authorised strength of IAS is 6,154, including 1,885 promotion posts.

PTI