28th March, 2000.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, dated 28th March, 2000.
The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments and Union Territories.
Subject: Indian Administrative Service – promotion to various grades – guidelines regarding.
I am directed to say that Central Government has issued detailed guidelines for functioning of Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs) and for promotion of members of the Indian Administrative Service to the Senior Scale and Supertime Scale from time to time. These instructions, inter alia, lay down guidelines for determining the eligible officers’ suitability for different grades in the service, crucial dates of promotion in these grades, composition and working of the DPCs, procedures to be adopted in cases of officers against whom disciplinary/court proceedings are pending or whose conduct is under investigation etc.
2. In view of the multiplicity of these instructions, it has been decided to consolidate the same at one place and also modify them to take care of the
changes which have since taken place in the structure of the Service. Accordingly, the relevant instructions for the Indian Administrative Service as contained in Annexures I and II are being issued for guidance of all concerned. The relevant rules/instructions have been indicated as footnotes.
3. It is requested that in the interest of uniformity and objectivity, these instructions may be followed strictly, while granting promotion to the members of the Indian Administrative Service in different grades. Members of the DPCs may also be suitably briefed on these instructions at the time their meetings are held. Should any deviation from any of these guidelines is required to be made in exceptional circumstances, prior approval of the Central Government must be sought.
Copies forwarded to all Ministries and
Departments of the Government of India.
Separate copies with 10 spare copies each to:-
1. MHA, Police Division, with the request that they may consider beinging suitable changes in the Promotion Guidelines issued in respect of the Indian Police Service, vide their letter No.45020/11/97-IPS.II dated 15.1.99.
2. MHA, UTS
3. Ministry of Environment & Forests, Forests Division, with the request that similar instructions may e considered for issue in respect of the Indian Forest Service, early.
ANNEXURE – I
PRINCIPLES REGARDING PROMOTION OF MEMBERS OF THE INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE AND COMPOSITION OF DEPARTMENTAL PROMOTION COMMITTEES
I. APPOINTMENT TO SENIOR TIME SCALE
An officer is eligible for appointment to the Senior Time Scale on completion of 4 years’ service, subject to the provisions of rule 6A of the IAS (Rectt.) Rules, 19541. A Committee consisting of the Chief Secretary and two officers of atleast Supertime Scale level of the State Government concerned shall evaluate the performance of the eligible officers for deciding their suitability for promotion to posts in the Senior Time Scale2 . Subject to availability of posts, this scale can be allowed from or after 1st January during the relevant year in which officers become eligible for this scale3 .
II. APPOINTMENT TO THE JUNIOR ADMINISTRATIVE GRADE
An officer is eligible for appointment in the Junior Administrative Grade on completing 9 years of service1 . This grade is non-functional and shall be admissible without any screening, as a matter of course, to all the officers of the Senior Time Scale from Ist January of the relevant year4 , except in cases where any disciplinary/criminal proceedings are pending against the officer.
III. APPOINTMENT TO THE SELECTION GRADE
An officer of the Junior Administrative Grade shall be eligible for appointment to the Selection Grade on completion of 13 years of service as per the proviso to rule 3(2A) of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 1954. A Committee consisting of the Chief Secretary and two officers of the concerned State Government, in the Supertime Scale or above, shall screen the eligible members of the Service for promotion in this grade2 . This grade will be available from or after 1st January of the relevant year subject to availability of vacancies in this grade3 .
1.Rule 3, IAS (Pay) Rules, 1975.
2.DP&T’s Letter No. 11030/20/75-AIS(II),dt. 27.12.75
3.DP&T’s Letter No. 11030/15/97-AIS(II),dt. 15.10.97
4.DP&T’s Letter No. 11030/22/91-AIS(II),dt. 16.3.93
IV. PROMOTION IN THE SUPERTIME SCALE
The members of the Service who are working in the Selection Grade and have completed 16 years of service2 shall be eligible for appointment in the Supertime Scale at any time during the year of their eligibility, subject to availability of vacancies in this grade. The Screening Committee to consider officers for promotion in this scale would consist of the Chief Secretary as Chairman and 2 officers working in the grade of Principal Secretary within the State Government concerned, as members.
If, however, there is only one officer working in the grade of Principal Secretary to the Government available in the cadre, the senior-most Supertime Scale officer available in the cadre may be included in the in the Committee.
V. PROMOTION IN THE FIRST ABOVE SUPERTIME SCALE i.e
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT.
The zone of consideration for promotion in this grade may consist of the Supertime Scale level officers who have completed 25 years’ service. Promotion of officers thus cleared could be made at any time during the relevant year, provided vacancies in this grade are available. The Screening Committee to consider officers for promotion in this scale will consist of the Chief Secretary as Chairman and one senior-most officer each working in the grades of Chief Secretary to the Government and Principal Secretary to the Govt. respectively in the cadre, as members. If an officer of the grade of Principal Secretary to the Government is not available in the cadre, the senior-most officer of the same level of the cadre working in the government of India may be taken as a member.
VI. PROMOTION IN THE GRADE OF CHIEF SECRETARY
The zone of consideration for promotion in this grade would consist of all the members of the Service who have completed 30 years of service. Appointment in this grade would be made from amongst the officers thus cleared, at any time during the relevant year and subject to the provisions of rule 9(7) of the I.A.S. (Pay) Rules, 1954. The Screening Committee for this purpose shall consist of the Chief Secretary concerned, one officer working in this grade in the cadre and another officer of the cadre serving in Government of India in the same grade.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR PROMOTION ETC. AND FUNCTIONING OF SCREENING COMMITTEES
1. FUNCTIONS OF SCREENING COMMITTEES
It should be ensured while making promotions that suitability of candidates for promotion is considered in an objective and impartial manner. For this purpose, Screening Committees ( hereafter referred to as Committees) as mentioned in Annexure I should be formed for different grades whenever an occasion arises for making promotions/confirmations etc. The Committees so constituted shall adjudge the suitability of officers for:-
(a) Promotions in various grades, including ad-hoc promotions in cases where disciplinary proceedings/criminal prosecutions are
(c)Assessment of the work and conduct of probationers for the purpose of determining the suitability for retention in service or their discharge from service or extending their probation.
The Committee shall also undertake the three-monthly review cases which have been placed in the Sealed Cover, as prescribed in para 19 supra.
2. FREQUENCY AT WHICH COMMITTEES SHOULD MEET
Meetings of the Committees should be convened at regular intervals to draw panels for filling up vacancies arising during the course of a year. For this purpose, it is essential for the concerned State Government to initiate action to fill up the existing as well as anticipated vacancies well in advance of the expiry of the previous panel by collecting relevant documents like ACRs, integrity certificates, seniority list etc. for placing before the Committees. Meetings of the Committees may be convened every year on a predetermined date e.g. Ist of May or June. All the cadres should lay down a time schedule for holding the Committee meetings and the Secretary-in-charge of the Personnel Department of the State Government shall ensure that they are held regularly. Holding of these meetings should not be delayed or postponed on one or the other administrative ground or on the ground that the necessary material for placement before the Committees is not
5DP&T’s OM No.22011/5/86-Estt.(d), dt. 10.4.89
ready. The requirement of convening regular meetings of the Committees can be dispensed with only after a certificate has been issued by the Secretary-in-charge of the Personnel Deptt. to the effect that there are no vacancies to be filled by promotion or no officers are due for promotion/confirmation during the year in question.
3. DETERMINATION OF VACANCIES
It is essential that the number of vacancies in respect of which a panel is to be prepared should be estimated as accurately as possible. For this purpose, the vacancies to be taken into account should be the clear vacancies arising in a grade due to death, retirement, resignation, promotions and deputation. As regards vacancies arising due to deputation, only those cases of deputation for periods exceeding one year should be taken into account, taking due note of the number of deputationists likely to return to the cadre. Purely short term vacancies arising as a result of the officers proceeding on leave, training or on deputation for a short-term period or as a result of overutilisation of the sanctioned State Deputation
Reserve not approved by the Central Government, should not be taken into account for the purpose of preparation of a panel. In cases where there has been delay in holding the Committee meetings for a year or more, vacancies should be indicated year-wise separately, by also including the names of officers in the zone of consideration who would have been eligible and available for consideration had the meeting(s) of the DPC taken place in time6 but have since retired or expired.
6DP&T’s OM No. 22011/4/98-Estt.(D), dt. 12.10.98.
4. PAPERS TO BE PUT UP FOR CONSIDERATION BY COMMITTEES
4.1 The proposals should be completed and submitted to the Committee well in time. No proposal for holding a Committee meeting should be sent until and unless at least 90% of the up-to-date and complete ACRs are available. Every effort should be made to keep the ACR dossiers up-to-date lest this aspect is advanced as the reason for not holding the Committee meetings in time. The officer referred in para 2 above would be responsible for monitoring and the completion of the ACR dossiers as per the extant instruction in this regard. In respect of cases relating to confirmation and assessment of the work and conduct of probationers, he would ensure the timely submission of the Assessment Reports etc.
4.2 The folder of ACRs/Assessment Reports should be checked to verify whether the ACRs for individual years/relevant periods are available. If the ACR for a particular year/particular period is not available and for valid/justifiable reasons it cannot be made available, a certificate should be recorded to that effect and placed in the folder.
4.3 The integrity certificate on the lines indicated below should be furnished to the Committees constituted to consider cases for promotion or confirmation : –
“The records of service of the following officers who are to be considered for promotion/confirmation in the grade have been carefully scrutinized and it is certified that there is no doubt about their integrity.”
If there are names of persons in the list of eligible candidates, whose integrity is suspect or has been held in doubt at one stage or the other, the fact should specifically be recorded by the officer-in-charge of the Personnel Department and brought to the notice of the Committee. The integrity certificate would be withheld only in cases where one or the other contingencies as indicated in para 11.1 supra has arisen. It should be ensured that the information thus furnished is factually correct and complete in all respects. Cases where incorrect information has been furnished should be investigated and suitable action taken against the person responsible for it.
5. CONSIDERATION OF OFFICERS ON DEPUTATION ETC.
The names of officers who are on deputation for a period exceeding one year shall also be included in the list submitted to the Committee for consideration for promotion/confirmation in case they fulfil the prescribed eligibility conditions. In cases where a certain number of years of service in the lower grade is prescribed as a condition for becoming eligible for consideration for promotion to the higher grade and/or for confirmation, the period of service rendered by an officer on deputation should be treated as comparable service in his cadre for the purposes of promotion as well as confirmation. This is subject to the condition that the deputation is with the approval of the competent authority and it is certified that but for deputation, the officer would have continued to be in the relevant grade in his cadre. The same would apply in cases of officers who are on leave/study leave duly sanctioned by the competent authority or training under the various training schemes which are treated as duty for all purposes.
6. PROCEDURE TO BE OBSERVED BY COMMITTEES
Each Committee should decide its own method and procedure for objective assessment of the suitability of the candidates. While merit has to be recognized and rewarded,. advancement in an officer’s career should not be regarded as a matter of course. It should be earned by dint of hard work, good conduct and result oriented performance as reflected in the annual confidential report and based on strict and rigorous selection process. The misconception about “Average” performance also requires to be cleared. While “Average” may not be taken as adverse remark in respect of an officer, it cannot also be regarded as complimentary to the officer. Such performance should be regarded as routine and undistinguished. Nothing short of above-average and noteworthy performance should entitle an officer to recognition and suitable rewards in terms of career progression.
7. CONFIDENTIAL REPORTS
7.1 The Annual Confidential Reports are the basic inputs on the basis of which assessment is to be made by each Committee. The evaluation of ACRs should be fair, just and non-discriminatory. The Committee should consider ACRs for equal number of years in respect of all officers falling within the zone of consideration for assessing their suitability for promotion. Where one or more ACRs have not been written for any reason, the Committee should consider the available ACRs. If the Reviewing Authority or the Accepting Authority as the case may be, has overruled the Reporting Officer or the Reviewing Authority respectively, the remarks of the Accepting Authority should be taken as the final remarks for the purposes of assessment. While making the assessment, the Committee should not be guided merely by the overall grading that may be recorded in the ACRs but should make its own assessment on the basis of the overall entries made in the ACRs.
7.2 In the case of each officer, an overall grading should be given which will be either “Fit” or “Unfit”. There will be no benchmark for assessing suitability of officers for promotions.
7.3 Before making the overall grading, the Committee should take into account whether the officer has been awarded any major or minor penalty or whether any displeasure of any higher authority has been conveyed to him. Similarly, the Committee would also take note of the commendations received by the officer during his service career. The Committee would also give due regard to the remarks indicated against the column of integrity.
The list of candidates considered by the Committee and the overall grading thus assigned to each candidate would form the basis for preparation of the panel for promotion.
8. PREPARATION OF YEAR-WISE PANELS WHERE THE COMMITTEE HAVE NOT MET FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS
8.1 Where for any reasons beyond control, the Committee has not met in a year(s) even though vacancies arose during the year(s), the first Committee that meets thereafter should follow the procedures indicated below :
(a) Determine the actual number of vacancies that arose in each of the previous year(s) immediately preceding and the actual number of vacancies proposed to be filled in the current year separately.
(b) Consider in respect of each of the years only those officers including the officers who have retired/died in the meanwhile, who would be within the zone of consideration with reference to the vacancies of each year starting with the earliest year onwards.
(c) Prepare a panel by placing the panel of the earlier year above the one for the next year and so on.
8.2 Where a Committee has already met in a year and further vacancies arise during the same year, the following procedure should be followed :-
(a) For vacancies due to death, voluntary retirement, new creations etc. belonging to the category which could not be foreseen at the time of placing the facts and the matter before the Committee, another meeting of the Committee should be held for drawing up a panel for the vacancies thus arising. If for any reason, the Committee cannot meet for the second time, the procedure of drawing up of yearwise panel, s indicated above, may be followed when it meets next for preparing panels in respect of vacancies that arise in the subsequent year.
(b) In cases of non-reporting of vacancies due to error or omission,
since the wrong whereby such an error artifically restricted the zone of consideration cannot be undone, a Review DPC should be held taking into consideration the total vacancies in the year.
(c) For the purpose of evaluating the merit of the officers while preparing yearwise panels, the scrutiny of the record of the service of the officer should be limited to the records that would have been available had the Committee met at the appropriate time. However, if on the date of such meeting, departmental proceedings against an officer are in progress and the sealed cover procedure is to be followed, such procedure should be observed even if departmental proceedings were not in existence in the year to which the vacancy related. The officer’s name should be kept in the sealed cover till the proceedings are finalized.
(d) While promotions will be made in the order of the consolidated panel, such promotions will have only prospective effect if it is in functional grade, involving higher duties and responsibilities, even in cases where the vacancies relate to earlier years. In cases of promotions in non-functional grades, not involving higher duties and responsibilities, promotions may be allowed from the due dates retrospectively.
In the cases of confirmation, which is now a one-time affair during one’s
entire service, the Committee should not determine the relative merit of officers but it should assess the officers as “Fit” or “Not Yet Fit” for confirmation in their turn on the basis of their performances as assessed with reference to their records of service. In case the Committee finds a probationer ‘Not Yet Fit’, it shall record reasons for the same.
In the case of probation, the Committee should not determine the relative grading of officers but only decide whether they should be declared to have completed the probation satisfactorily within the meaning of the IAS (Probation) Rules, 1954. If the performance of any probationer is not satisfactory, the Committee may advice whether the period of probation should be extended or whether he should be discharged from service, within the meaning of these Rules.
11. PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN RESPECT OF OFFICERS AGAINST WHOM DISCIPLINARY/COURT PROCEEDINGS ARE PENDING OR WHOSE CONDUCT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION
11.1 At the time of consideration of the cases of officers for promotion, details of such officers in the zone of consideration falling under the following categories should be specifically brought to the notice of the concerned Screening Committees:-
(a) Officers under suspension; (b) Officers in respect of whom a chargesheet has been issued and disciplinary proceedings are pending ; (c) Officers in respect of whom prosecution for criminal charge is pending.
11.2 The Screening Committee shall assess the suitability of the officers coming within the purview of the circumstances mentioned above, alongwith other eligible candidates, without taking into consideration the disciplinary case/criminal prosecution which is pending. The assessment of the Committee including “Unfit for Promotion” and the grading awarded by it will be kept in a sealed cover. The cover will be superscribed
“FINDINGS REGARDING THE SUITABILITY FOR PROMOTION TO THE SCALE OF…………….IN RESPECT
OF SHRI……………………..NOT TO BE OPENED TILL THE TERMINATION OF
THE DISCIPLINARY CASE/CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AGAINST
SHRI………………” The proceedings of the Committee need only contain the
note “ THE FINDINGS ARE CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED SEALEAD COVER”.
The same procedure will be adopted by the subsequent Screening Committees till the disciplinary case/criminal prosecution against the officer concerned is concluded.
12. ADVERSE REMARKS
12.1 Where adverse remarks in the Confidential Report of the officer concerned have not been communicated to him, this fact should be taken note of by the Committee while assessing the suitability of the officer for promotion/confirmation. In a case where a decision on the representation of an officer against adverse remarks has not been taken or the time allowed for submission of representation is not over, the Committee may defer the consideration of the case until a decision on the representation is arrived at.
12.2 An officer whose increments have been withheld or who has been reduced to a lower stage in the time-scale, cannot be considered on that account to be ineligible for promotion as the specific penalty of withholding promotion has not been imposed on him. The suitability of the officer for promotion should be assessed by the Committee as and when occasions arise. They will take into account the circumstances leading to the imposition of the penalty and decide whether in the light of overall service records of the officer and the fact of the imposition of the penalty, he should be considered for promotion or not. Even where the Committee considers that despite the penalty
the officer is suitable for promotion, the officer may be promoted only after the currency of the penalty.
13. VALIDITY OF THE COMMITTEE PROCEEDNGS WHEN ONE MEMBER IS ABSENT
In such cases and provided that the Chairman was not absent, the proceedings of the Committee shall be legally followed and can be acted upon. It should, however, be ensured that the member was duly invited but he absented himself for one reason or the other and there was no deliberate attempt to exclude him from the Committee’s deliberations and provided further that the majority of the members constituting the Committee are present in the meeting.
14. PROCESSING OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEES
14.1 The recommendations of the Committee area advisory in nature and should be duly placed before the State Government for approval. There may, however, be occasions when the State Government may find it necessary to disagree with the recommendations. In any case, however, the decision to agree or disagree with the recommendations should be taken within a period of 3 months from the date the Committee forwards its recommendations.
14.2 Where the State Government proposes to disagree with the recommendations of the Committee, it may refer the matter again to the Committee for reconsideration of their earlier recommendations. If the Committee reiterates its earlier recommendations giving also the reasons in support thereof, the State Government shall take a decision either to accept or to vary the recommendations of the Committee, by giving reasons to be recorded in writing, and such a decision shall be final.
15. VIGILANCE CLEARANCE WHILE IMPLEMENTING THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
A clearance from vigilance angle should be available before making actual promotion or confirmation of officers approved by the Committee to ensure that no disciplinary proceedings are pending against the officer concerned.
16. ORDER IN WHICH PROMOTIONS TO BE MADE
The officers placed in the approved panels for promotion are to be considered for appointment to higher grades in the order of their inter-se position in the respective panels, except in cases where disciplinary/court proceedings are pending against an officer. The procedure to be adopted in cases of officers against whom disciplinary/court proceedings are pending has been laid down in the succeeding paragraphs.
17. PROMOTION OF OFFICERS ON DEPUTATION
If a panel contains the name of an officer who is away from the cadre and is on deputation in public interest for a period exceeding one year including an officer who has gone on study leave/training, the officer shall be eligible for his regaining the temporarily-lost promotion in the higher grade on his return to the cadre. It has to be borne in mind that seniority of members of India Administrative Service which is initially fixed, is not to undergo any change throughout their career and early or late promotion of an officer vis-à-vis other officer(s) in a particular grade is to have no impact on their seniority. Therefore, such an officer need not be reconsidered by a fresh Committee, if subsequently held, while he continues to be on deputation/study leave/training. This would be irrespective of the fact whether or not he has got the benefit of proforma promotion under the ‘Next-Below Rule’.
18. SEALED COVER CASES – ACTION AFTER COMPLETION OF DISCIPLINARY/CRIMINAL PROSECUTION7
18.1 If the proceedings of the Committee for promotion contain findings in a sealed cover, on conclusion of the disciplinary case/criminal prosecution, the sealed cover or covers shall be opened. In case the officer is completely exonerate, the due date of his promotion will be determined with reference to the findings of the Screening Committee kept in sealed cover/covers and with reference to the date of promotion of his next junior on the basis of such findings. The officer shall be promoted even if it requires to revert the junior-most officiating person. Such promotion would be with reference to the date of promotion of his junior and in these cases, the officer will be paid arrears of salary and allowances.
18.2 If a penalty is imposed on the officer as a result of the disciplinary proceedings or if he is found guilty in the criminal prosecution against him, the findings of the sealed cover/covers shall not be acted upon. His case for promotion may be considered by the next Screening Committee in the normal course, having regard to the penalty imposed on him. In such cases, the question of arrears may be decided by taking into account all the facts and circumstances of the disciplinary/criminal proceedings. Where arrears of salary or a part thereof are denied, the reasons for doing so shall be recorded.
19. THREE MONTHLY REVIEW OF SEALED COVER CASES
It is necessary to ensure that the disciplinary case/criminal prosecution instituted against an officer is not unduly prolonged and all efforts to expeditiously finalise the proceedings are taken so that the need for keeping the cases of officers in sealed cover/covers is limited to the barest minimum. The concerned State Governments shall comprehensively review such cases on the expiry of three months from the date of convening of the first Screening Committee which had
adjudged his suitability and kept its findings in the sealed cover. Such a review should be done subsequently also after every three months. The review shall, inter alia, cover the progress made in the disciplinary proceedings/criminal prosecution and further measures required to be taken to expedite their completion. The material/evidence collected in the investigations would also be scrutinized to determine in cases involving suspensions whether there is a prima-facie case for initiating disciplinary action or sanctioning prosecution against the officer. If as a result of such a review, the State Govt. comes to a conclusion that there is prima facie no case, the sealed cover would be opened and the officer concerned would be given his due promotion with reference to the position assigned to him by the DPC.
Same procedure is to be followed in considering the cases of confirmation.
20. AD HOC PROMOTIONS IN CASES WHERE DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS/CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS ARE PROLONGED.
As appointment of the members of the Indian Administrative Service to various grades is made on regular basis and the provision of one-time confirmation exists in their cases, the concept of grant of ad hoc promotion is alien to them. Unlike Central Government servants, ad hoc promotions are not to be allowed in their cases even if the disciplinary cases/criminal prosecutions instituted against them are found to have been prolonged. In their cases, only three -monthly review of their disciplinary/criminal cases is to be undertaken and efforts are to be made to expedite their completion.
21. SEALED COVER PROCEDURE APPLICABLE TO OFFICERS IN WHOSE CASES CONTINGENCIES OF PARA 11.1 SUPRA ARISE BEFORE ACTUAL PROMOTION7
In the case of an officer recommended for promotion by the Screening Committee where any of the circumstances mentioned in para 11 above arise before actual promotion, sealed cover procedure would be followed. The subsequent Committee shall assess the suitability of such officers along with other eligible candidates and place their assessment in sealed cover. The sealed cover/covers will be opened on conclusion of the disciplinary case/criminal prosecution. In case the officer is completely exonerated, he would be promoted as per the procedure outlines in para 18 above and the question of grant of arrears would also be decided accordingly. If any penalty is imposed upon him as a result of the disciplinary proceedings or if he is found guilty in the criminal prosecution against him, the findings of the sealed cover shall not be acted upon, as outlined in para 18.2 above.
22. VALIDITY OF THE PANEL2
A panel for promotion recommended by the Committee and approved by the State Governments shall be valid till all the officers placed in the panel have been promoted. This will, of course, exclude officers who are away on deputation but they do not opt to rejoin the cadre in the higher post or are on study leave or training.
23. REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING
23.1 The proceedings of any Committee may be reviewed only if the Committee had not taken all the material facts into consideration or if material facts were not brought to their notice or if there were grave errors in the procedure followed by them. Special review may also be done in cases where adverse remarks in an officer’s ACRs are expunged or modified. The Review Committee would consider only those officers who were eligible as on the date of meeting of the Original Committee. They would also restrict their scrutiny of the ACRs for the period relevant to the first Committee meeting. If any adverse remarks relating to the relevant period were toned down or expunged, the modified ACRs should be considered as if the original adverse remarks did not exist at all. Before doing so, the appointment authority would scrutinize the relevant cases with a view to decide whether or not a review by the Committee is justified, keeping in mind the nature of the adverse remarks toned down or expunged. While considering a deferred case or review of the case of a superseded officer, if the Committee finds the officer fit for promotion/confirmation, it would place him at the appropriate place in the relevant panel after taking into account the toned-down remarks or expunged remarks, as the case may be.
23.2 If the officers placed junior to the above-said officer have been promoted, the latter should be promoted immediately and if there is no vacancy, the junior-most person officiating in the higher grade should be reverted to accommodate him. On promotion, his pay should be fixed at the stage it would have reached had he been promoted from the date the officer immediately below him was so promoted, but no arrears for the past periods would be admissible. In the case of confirmation, if the officer concerned is recommended for confirmation on the basis of a review, he should be confirmed from the due date.
24. AVAILABITY OF VACANCIES
Whenever promotions are vacancy based, while computing the available vacancies for filling up the same by promoting officers placed in the panel, care should be taken to ensure that the total ex-cadre posts created in various grades for the purpose do not exceed in sum the permissible quota of State Deputation Reserves indicated in the respective Cadre Schedules. Provisions of rule 9(7) of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 1954 would also require to be followed while making promotions in the highest grade of the Service.
25. SUPERSESSION OF OFFICERS
If an officer has not been included in the panel for promotion to any of grades, the detailed reasons for his supersession may be recorded in writing. Such officers would be eligible for reconsideration after earning two more reports, except in the case of promotion in the grade of Chief Secretary, in which
case an officer would be eligible for reconsideration after earning only one more report.