New Delhi: The Centre has notified new rules which give powers to the government to give retirement to All India Services officers in "public interest" after completion of atleast 15 years of job.

The rules were notified last week by the Department of Personnel and Training after a thorough consultation with the state governments.

According to the rules, the central government may in consultation with the concerned state government require a member of the service to retire from service in public interest after the review when such a member completes 15 years of qualifying service.

The government can again carry out such review after the officer completes 25 years of qualifying service or attains the age of 50 years.

However, the rules ask the government to give "such a member at least three months' previous notice in writing or three months's pay and allowances" before bidding good bye to them.

The changes were made in the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, in rule 16 (3) through a notification on January 31 this year by the DoPT.

Earlier, the rules allowed a central government member to retire from service after completion of 30 years of qualifying service.

 "The rules were notified in consultation with state governments and other stake holders. It will help the government in checking bureaucrats who are not performing or unfit for the jobs," a DoPT official said requesting anonymity.

 The rules are applicable to the members of Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Revenue Service (IRS) among others.