The Centre has asked all its departments to deal strictly with officials overstaying deputation period. Officials said the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all the ministries and public sector
undertakings under it, among others, to take disciplinary actions against such functionaries. “The Ministry of Personnel has asked all departments to check unauthorised stay of officials. In the event of the officer overstaying for any reason whatsoever, he or she is liable to disciplinary action and other adverse consequences which would include the period of unauthorised overstay not being counted for service for the purpose of pension. “Any increment due during the period of unauthorised overstay will be deferred with cumulative effect, till the date on which the officer rejoins his parent cadre,” a DoPT official said. According to the officials, all ministries and departments have been advised that, henceforth, no ex-post facto approval for regularisation of overstay on deputation would be allowed. As per the government policy, inter-cadre deputation is permissible to all India service officers from Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS), on completion of their nine years of service and before their attaining promotion to super-time scale in his or her own home cadre. Such deputation is considered on the grounds of the personal difficulties of the officers concerned and is permissible for a maximum period of 5 years in the entire service career and the period at a time, thereof, normally does not exceed three years.