ISLAMABAD: In order to ensure effective internal accountability of civil servants, Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the Civil Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 2020. To speed-up the process of ensuring efficiency and discipline among the civil bureaucracy, the tier of Authorized Officer has been eliminated, leaving only two tiers, which include Authority and Inquiry Officer and Committee.
The two-tier process will resolve the issue of the decision of disciplinary proceedings at a lower level by awarding minor penalties by the Authorized Officer, without seeking approval of the authority. The opportunity of personal hearing shall now be provided by the authority or hearing officer. For the first time, plea bargain and voluntary return have been included in the definition of misconduct and such civil servants shall now be proceeded against.