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    RTI turns ACR's to APAR's


    RTI turns ACRs into APARs


    After ACRs (Annual Confidential Reports), were ordered to be disclosed by the Gujarat Information Commission (GIC), under RTI, instead of the expected jubilation amongst ranks, most officers' preferred to wait, speculating on the government's reaction.

    The reaction was quite unexpected.The Centre's Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), notified the 'All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007'. Thereby, ACRs are now APARs (Annual Performance Appraisal Report), and IAS, IPS, IFS officers, across the country would have full access to them.

    DoPT was earlier against disclosing ACRs. Their stand was supported by the Central Information Commission (CIC). DoPT's hand was forced by GIC's order.Government officers are after all nothing but public servants.

    While as citizens first, Babus find the door open to their right to know how they have been assessed, however it has its flip side too. Now the citizen too can learn how efficient these public servants are and who assessed them. Maybe Babus seeking their ACRs at GIC did not foresee this, but this possibility cannot be ignored. The wall of secrecy has now been brought down. Babus in Gujarat have unwittingly done a favour to their brethren across the country.

    Times of India, Ahmedabad
    12.04.2007

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    This is real good decision in favour of citizens.
    Now we will know who works and who doesn't


    Last edited by karira; 15-04-07 at 12:40 PM.


  2. ACR's are supposed to reflect how the person has performed over a period of time. but, i'm sure, it can be equally appreciated that an ACR may not be all that sacrosanct...after all, the one who is writting an ACR/Appraisal is a human being...an element of subjectivity would creep in....

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    One of the IC's in CIC has ruled that ACR's are out of bounds as far as the RTI Act is concerned:

    Commission’s Decision:
    3. In a number of decisions, this Commission has ordered that the proceedings of DPCs, except the inputs from ACRs, should be put in public domain so as to ensure transparency and objectivity in the selection process. As regards ACRs, it contains remarks made by the superior officers about assessed officials, the disclosure of which is not in public interest. Accordingly, the CPIO is directed to disclose the DPC’s proceedings after due application of section 10(1) of the Act so as to withhold the inputs based on ACRs. The disclosure of ACRs is however barred u/s 8 (1) (j) of the Act.

    Full decision can be viewed at:

    https://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Decision_08062007_04.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by karira View Post
    RTI turns ACRs into APARs

    The reaction was quite unexpected.The Centre's Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), notified the 'All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007'. Thereby, ACRs are now APARs (Annual Performance Appraisal Report), and IAS, IPS, IFS officers, across the country would have full access to them.
    The notification is available at the following link. Please note its a large 61 page pdf file

    https://persmin.nic.in/Acts_Rules/AIS/IAS_PAR.pdf

    Manoj

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    for the records, I am attaching it with the posts.
    It is only restricted to All India Service as of now which only include IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service and that does not cover, Indian revenue Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Railway Services (The Central Services).

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    Kushal,

    Just for my General Knowledge only, can you please let me know the following: (or any other officer can help with the answers):

    1. Can a officer view his own ACR/APAR under normal rules ?
    How often is he allowed to do that ?
    Any charges to be paid by the officer for this ?
    Do superior officers "look down" upon juniors who want to see
    their own ACR's ?

    2. What is the penalty/action on a superior officer for:
    Not submitting ACR's on time ?
    Not submitting ACR's at all ?
    Is it obligatory for a superior officer to complete ACR ?
    (I mean suppose he says he will not write the ACR at all)

    3. What happens if the superior officer is transferred and a new person
    comes in, who does not have any clue about the performance of a
    subordinate ? Does the new officer write the ACR ?

    4. Does the Government collect and publish any data about All India
    Service officers indicating how many ACR's submitted on time, how
    many pending, reasons for pending, action taken for not submitting
    ACR ? Number of ACR's which got "lost", etc.

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    Reference my above post, Kushal, I read the pdf file and some questions I raised are already answered.

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    RTI queries finally get govt cracking</ARTTITLE>

    14 Jun, 2007 l 0221 hrs ISTlViju B/TIMES NEWS NETWORK

    MUMBAI: Persistent queries under the Right to Information Act on the pending Annual Confidential Report of IAS officers posted in Maharashtra have forced the government to act.

    Under Rule 5(1), 5(2) of the IAS Rules (Confidential Report), 1970, the ACRs have to be filed before July every year failing which it will be deemed as dereliction of duty on the part of the officers. The ACRs of IAS officers also assess the performance of bureaucrats for future promotions and transfers.

    An RTI query filed by activist Shailesh Gandhi last year revealed that more than 2,000 ACRs of IAS officers were pending across the country. In Maharashtra alone, the ACRs of 228 IAS officers were not received by the government while only 92 were completed last year.

    "The backlog was nearly 71% and was a sad reflection on the state bureaucracy," Gandhi said. After he got this response last November, he filed another query this year asking for the latest ACR figures.

    "Within a span of six months, the government has completed 210 ACRs. Also, only 30% of the backlog for last year remains," Gandhi said. Similarly, for 2005, the backlog has come down from 41.6% to 25% in six months.

    Earlier, Gandhi's RTI query and first appeal were rejected as the information sought was of a personal nature. Gandhi then went for a second appeal with the state information commission, which directed that the details be released. (TOI had reported the issue last year).

    "The postings were done on the basis of the recommendations of ministers, and ACRs were not even filed on time because it did not hold any value. But RTI has at least made the process to begin once more," an activist said.

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