1. The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments/ UTs.
2. The Secretaries of all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India.
The officers belonging to the Indian Administrative Service, Central Secretariat Service, State Civil Services, Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (Gazetted) (CSSS) and such officers of the other two All India Services, viz., Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service and other organized Group ‘A’ Central Civil Services, who are holding posts on deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme, are eligible to apply in response to this circular for training programmes abroad.
Officers should have completed a minimum of 9 years of service as on 1.1.2013. Dy. Collectors with 9 years service as Deputy Collectors and CSS officers with 5 years service as Under Secretaries would be eligible for foreign training under the DFFT Scheme.
The upper age limit for long term and short-term training programmes will be 45 years and 52 years respectively as on 1.4.2013. However, there is no age limit for the short-term programmes meant only for officers of Additional Secretary/Secretary level.
(i) After attending a foreign training programme of upto one month, officers will be required to complete a cooling-off period of two years before they can be considered again for another training programme. To illustrate, an officer who completes a short-term programme of upto one month in 2012-13, would be eligible for another short-term programme under the DFFT Scheme only in 2015-16.(ii) After attending a foreign training programme of more than one month and upto six months,officers will be required to complete a cooling-off period of three years before they can be considered again for another training programme.(iii) After attending a foreign training programme of more than six months, officers would berequired to complete a cooling-off period of five years before they can be considered again for another training programme.(iv) Job Specific/Project related training/official visits abroad, irrespective of duration, areexempted from the provisions of cooling off.(v) The foreign component of any compulsory mid-career training programme undergone by the officer will not be counted for the purpose of ‘cooling off .(vi) The condition of cooling-off after a short-term programme (upto six months) will be applicable only for short-term programmes.(vii) An officer is eligible for only one long-term programme in his/her career.(viii) Officers who have undergone a long-term training programme (more than 6 months’ duration) or a long-term domestic programme, viz., IIMA, IIMB, MDI, TERI, NDC, APPPA, etc. shall not be eligible for any long term programme.(ix) In case of oficers who have undergone a long-term domestic programme at IIMB, IIMA,TERI, MDI, NDC, etc. which includes foreign training component, cooling-off period will depend on the length of the foreign training component of such domestic programmes.
Oficers who have been debarred from nomination for foreign training on their failure to attend the training programmes, to which they might have been nominated earlier, will not be considered until the debarment period is over. The debarment will be for two years for not attending a short-term foreign training programme (upto six months) and for three years for not attending a long-term foreign training programme (more than six months).
(i) Officers on deputation with the Central Government under the Central Staffing Schemeshould have completed one and a half years of service on Central Stafing before the date of commencement of the long-term programmes.
(ii) The officers whose tenure under the Central Staffing Scheme is due to come to an end within two months prior to the commencement of the training, or during the course of the training, should be nominated by the respective Ministries/ Departments of Govt. of India only after securing the cadre clearance of the respective State Govts./cadre controlling authorities on whose strength the officers are borne.
(iii) In the event of nomination and final selection of such officers for foreign training programmes, the Ministries/Departments would be required to send a formal proposal for extending the Central Deputation tenure of the officers approved for nomination for training, upto the end of the training, to the Establishment Officer for obtaining the approval of the competent authority so that they could draw their salary from the Central Government during the period of training.
(iv) On return from training, such officers would revert to their cadre and the Central Ministries/Departments shall not grant any leave in their cases.
(i) The applications for long-term training programmes must be accompanied by theACR/PAR grading pertaining to the last five years, while for short-term programmes, a Certificate to the effect that no adverse entry stands in the ACRs/PARs would suffice. To be eligible for consideration for a long-term programme, the officer should have at least ‘Very Good’ grading in his/her ACRs pertaining to the past 5 years.
(ii) Applications should be complete in all respects.
(iii) Applicant should be clear from Vigilance angle.
- Training programmes abroad of duration of six months or more are treated as Long Term.
- Training programmes abroad of duration of upto six months are treated as Short Term.
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