DoPT stated that the Disciplinary Authorities should clearly indicate in the punishment order whether the two penalties would run concurrently or consecutively
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued a clarification on the imposition of the second penalty (or multiple penalties) on serving charged officers while the first penalty is still in effect.
The Department of Public Prosecutions (DoPT) stated in an Office Memorandum (O.M.) dated 28 October 2022 that the Disciplinary Authorities should clearly indicate in the punishment order whether the two penalties (or multiple penalties) would run concurrently or consecutively. While awarding second or subsequent penalties during the currency of earlier penalty/penalties.
“It is clarified, however, that where such a specific mention has not been made, the two/all penalties should run concurrently and the higher penalty, even if ordered later, should be implemented immediately and after the expiry of its period, if the currency of the period of earlier punishment continues, the same may be implemented for the balance period,” it added.
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The DoPT has explained the rules for the imposition of multiple penalties on serving charged Central Government Employees. Who receive their salaries according to the 7th Pay Commission Pay Matrix using various illustrations.
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