Critically Analyzing the Role of Judiciary on Maintaining Effectiveness and Principles of Natural Justice under Annual Confidential Reports (By Parul Chourse & Abhishek Sunar)

The Annual Confidential Reports are those yearly reports which are almost essential in every sector now that we can envisage. Even when we talk about those organisations which are in the private sector, also keep the annual records of their employees. The same culture is also followed in the government sector where the employers working in any public sector deems to have a separate record of each and every employee working under them for the reason to calculate their growth in their professional journey.
The term annual confidential report is very much clear from its own words which means an report generally prepared by the immediate senior of that employee which tracks his or her records in the form of activities and tasks carried out by them, their behaviour towards the junior employees, the proficiency of them in carrying out the day to day work assigned to them and in furtherance of any requirement thereon.
Now, before moving on into more detail aspect of the same it becomes essential to know the rationale behind maintaining the annual confidential reports. The reason for doing is to have a proper knowledge of the government servants  wherein it also serves as a grade diary for them which is very much vital when it comes to the matters of promotion. Yes, at the time of promotion the grades occupied by these civil servants in their annual confidential reports will acts as the prime basis to succeed further in their career.
The main objective to have these annual confidential reports is to boost the confidence of these government employees and to assess their strengths and weaknesses by providing timely feedback in order to improve their working proficiency to obtain the desired results in the stipulated time. The journey of these appraisal reports commences much before at their training time itself prior to their actual posting job. When the civil servants is being selected and is being sent for training, they undertake different sort of tasks and routine provided to them as part of their training, the trainers take note of that from the initial period itself and starts framing their appraisal report. The advantage of this appraisal report is that when the civil servant is being deputed to their concerned ministry for their tenure of service then the appraisal report made in the training days serves as the Performa manual for their senior officers and concerned department as well. It will encompass that of capability, ability, strengths and weaknesses, attitude and behaviour, speed, and accuracy of work, organising technique and skills required to carry out any tasks assigned to them.
When the same civil servant starts working under his or her concerned ministry then it becomes the duty of his or her senior officials under whom they are being designated to work upon and carry out the same functions which are in turn is required to prepare the annual confidential reports. It is the duty of the immediate senior to have a close look on any civil servants activities who are working under him or her in order to make a good annual report.