New Delhi: Officers overstaying on foreign assignments without valid reasons, including on the grounds of childrens’ education, could be in for trouble.
This is because the government has taken a serious view of such a practice and has directed ministries to discourage this trend.
There have been of late several proposals, from Ministries seeking extension of tenure in respect of officers on foreign assignment, a recent letter from the Department of Personnel and Training said.
Some proposals cited childrens’ academic sessions as the ground for extension even though there were no provisions for extensions on this count, the letter sent to all secretaries in the government said.
“Instructions already exist that officers who overstay without authorisation will do so at the risk of the overstay being treated as unauthorised, with it attendant consequences,” it warned.
In addition to restricting the availability of officers for serving in their respective cadres, extension of tenures also deprived other aspirants of an opportunity for deputation, the letter pointed out.
“It is reiterated that extension of foreign assignment may not be given on grounds of childrens’ education,” the DOPT said.