GUWAHATI: Departmental proceedings against many government officials are pending in Assam. One reason for this pendency in departmental proceedings is the lack of clarity on how to conduct these proceedings. Taking cognizance of this, the Assam Government decided to draft a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on how to conduct departmental proceedings.
When departmental proceedings against government officials are kept pending for a long time, innocent officials have to carry the burden of the charges against them till they are relieved of those charges. On the other hand, action against guilty officials is delayed when departmental proceedings are delayed.
After Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's direction, the State Personnel Department has got on with the task of drafting a SOP for all departments on how to conduct departmental proceedings. The SOP will lay down the time frame for each step of the entire proceeding against any official. This will help speedy completion of departmental proceedings.
When there are complaints of misconduct or corruption against government officials, departmental proceedings are initiated against them. The departmental proceedings against a government official have to go through various steps such as lodging of a complaint or making allegations of misconduct against the official, holding a preliminary inquiry, show-cause notice to the official, reply of the official to the show-cause notice, submission of report by the inquiry officer and issuing the final order.