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Retired Intelligence Officers Now Must Pre-Approve Government Before Publishing Revealing Books | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Center on Tuesday revised its pension rules to make it mandatory for any retired public official who has worked in an intelligence or security-related organization to seek prior permission from the head of the organization before making any publication pertaining to the organization domain or any sensitive information the disclosure of which may adversely affect the sovereignty, integrity or security of India.
The amendment to Rule 8 of the Central Civil Services (Pensions) Rules, 1972 – relating to serious misconduct on the part of a pensioner and the action against such misconduct – which introduces this condition does not have a prescription in terms of post-retirement applicability. It seems to be clearly geared towards verifying incidents by retired intelligence officials, including those who have headed organizations like the Intelligence Bureau or RAW, who talk about the functioning of these agencies or even sensitive operations, in books they sometimes write after the war. retirement. Some of these books have ended up generating controversy.
Any serious misconduct, if proven against the pensioner, may lead to his pension being withheld or withdrawn, either in whole or in part.
The Ministry of Personnel, in a notice issued on Tuesday, said that clause (a) of sub-rule 3A of Rule 8 of the Central Civil Services (Pensions) Rules of 1972 was being replaced by a clause that states that no servants of the government, who, having worked in any intelligence or security-related organization included in the Second Annex of the Right to Information Law, 2005 (22 of 2005), must, without prior authorization from the head of the organization, carry out any post-retirement posting of any related material including domain of the organization, including any reference to or information about any personnel and their designation, and experience or knowledge gained by virtue of work in that organization. The condition also applies to the publication of sensitive information, the disclosure of which would detrimentally affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, the strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, or the relationship with a foreign State or would lead to the incitement to an offense.
Next, clause 3B states that the director of the organization must confer the authority to decide whether the material proposed for publication is sensitive or not, and whether it belongs to the domain of the organization.
The new regulation also introduces changes in model 26, requiring that pensioners undertake that, except with the prior approval of the competent authority, they do not publish in any way, while they are in service or after their retirement, any information or material or knowledge. as necessary. related to the domain of the organization and obtained by virtue of my work in said organization. “This statement is without prejudice to my responsibilities and obligations, in terms of the relevant rules of conduct, pension rules, laws dealing with crimes related to official secrets or national security, and the Intelligence Organizations Act (Restriction of Rights) of 1985 (58 of 1985), as the case may be. In addition, I agree that, in the event that I do not comply with the previous commitment, the Government’s decision on whether it is likely to adversely affect the aforementioned aspects will be binding on me, ”says the commitment.



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