Performance, not seniority will decide promotions, asserts CM

Panjim: After warning government servants of action for their lethargic behaviour, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Friday hinted that henceforth, it will be performance that will be considered for promotions in government departments.

Sawant told media persons that the government is working on a proposal to ensure that promotions of the officers are based on their performance and not on seniority.

“Promotions will be based on the performance of the officer. Performance does not mean how many hours he or she is working but what is their output and how best they are helping in the departmental works and progress,” he said.

“I am working on these lines to see that no more promotions are done on seniority basis,” the Chief Minister added.

Citing an example, Sawant said that Zonal Agriculture Officers (ZAO) are forced to work on the field rather than just being in the office.

Earlier last month, the Chief Minister had warned employees to be punctual and be dedicated, failure of which would attract action in the form of issuing memo or even suspension of service.

“I have observed one thing. People look for government jobs because they don’t want to work or don’t want to be in time to office. This is a common attitude. They know, whether you work or not, you are entitled for VI Pay, VII Pay Commission,” Sawant had said. He had even said that such an attitude will not be tolerated. [H]