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In a bid to check delays in completing inquiries, the government is now planning to engage retired government officials as Inquiry Officers to conduct departmental inquiries against delinquent officials.
Panels of retired officials from Central and state governments and PSUs will be created for the purpose. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sought comments from all stakeholders on the draft policy.
The panel of the retired officers will be valid for three years and they will have to be under 70 years of age on April 1 of the year they are empaneled.
Once engaged, these retired officials will be given a honorarium ranging between Rs 20,000 to Rs 75,000 per case. They will be mandated to submit the inquiry report after completing the inquiry within 90 days from the date of their appointment.