New Delhi: After conducting a periodic review, the Indian railways have prematurely retired 32 of its officers in ‘public interest’ for various reasons including inefficiency, doubtful integrity and conduct, stated news agency PTI on Friday.

It must be noted that all the railway servants, whose employment was terminated even before the normal date of retirement, were over 50 years of age. The last time the Indian railways undertook such a rare move was during the years 2016 to 2017 when four railway officers were prematurely retired, stated the report.

This periodic review is part of the service rules which is conducted when government employees reach a certain age. However, rarely are the employees subject to premature retirement, noted the officials.

In the month of September, the Indian Army had granted a speedy premature retirement to an army jawan Grenadier Atul Kumar of Grenadier-Regiment after he was selected to attend a course on ‘Particle and Astro Particle Physics’ in an Italian university, stated news agency ANI.

In yet another incident in July this year, the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh took action against 400 corrupt officials and decided to give early retirement to around 200 other employees, stated reports. Some of the restrictions imposed on such staffs were no promotions and no immediate transfers or favourable postings. Meanwhile, the UP Police also sent letters to all their units asking for a list of officers with questionable performance and all those who were above 50 years of age as on March this year.

(With agency inputs)