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Made mandatory prior assent for former intelligence officers to write books to avoid “losses to the country,” says government News from India

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NEW DELHI: The government said Thursday that it had amended pension rules in May this year, requiring retired intelligence officers to seek prior authorization from their former organizations to release any information related to the latter’s domain, to ensure that that any leakage of prohibited material did not cause a loss to the country at the time it was detected.
In response to a query in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State for Personnel, Jitendra Singh, explained that “before (the) amendment, it was the official concerned who decided whether the published material fell into the prescribed prohibited categories or not. .
“In case the official feels that the material he is going to publish does not fall under the category of prohibited, then he could publish the material without the prior approval of the government. Later, in case the government concludes that the published material belongs / falls within the category of prohibited material, a loss would have already occurred for the country. To prevent this type of situation, the current amendment has been made ”, he explained.
The amendment dated May 31, 2021, in Rule 8 of the Central Civil Services (Pensions) Rules of 1972, related to the serious misconduct of a pensioner and the action against such misconduct, which expanded the scope of the restriction on retired intelligence officers did not set a time bar in terms of post-retirement applicability.
Any serious misconduct, if proven against the pensioner, may result in his pension being withheld or withdrawn, either in whole or in part.
Singh informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the interested parties (intelligence and security organizations included in the Second Program of the RTI Act) were consulted through the administrative ministry / department prior to the amendments notified on May 31, 2021.
The revised pension rules, which many retired intelligence chiefs chose to dismiss as a “gag order,” appear to be aimed at verifying incidents by retired intelligence officials, including those who have headed organizations such as the Intelligence Bureau or RAW. , who talk about work. of these agencies or even sensitive operations, on the books they write after retirement. Some of these books have ended up generating controversy.



Times of India

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