Centre shows leniency towards staff unable to rejoin amidst lockdown

Those on official tour and unable to join back because of travel restrictions will be deemed to have joined duty on the date of expiry of tour.

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With an aim to make the lives of stranded employees better, the Central government has relaxed certain norms for them during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Issuing a notification, the Personnel Ministry said that the norms were relaxed for employees who were either on leave or on an official tour and unable to join office due to non-availability of public transport during the coronavirus lockdown.

According to the order, the government servants who were on official tour and unable to return to their headquarters due to non-availability of public transport should be deemed to have joined duty on the date of expiry of official tour, provided the concerned official has informed his office of his position.

The decision came after the government started receiving several references and queries from the employees who proceeded on leave with necessary permission, but could not report for duty due to travel restrictions.

In the order, the Personnel Ministry issued a directive saying that employees should avoid an unnecessary reference to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) under the ministry, on the subject.

In case of leave on medical grounds, employees are supposed to submit their medical certificates.

Those government servants, whose leaves have expired during the lockdown, will not be eligible for a sanctioned leave from the Ministry.

The ministry further added that the curtailment of a sanctioned leave may not be agreed to, in case the leave of government servants expired during the lockdown period.

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