Perturbed over instances of unauthorised overstay of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers who are on deputation to the Centre, the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has warned them of punitive measures.
A circular issued to the officers warns that the period of overstay would not count against their service for the purpose of pension and that any increment due during that period would be deferred with cumulative effect till the date on which they rejoin their parent cadre.
The ministry is learnt to have received a number of proposals for regularisation of overstay by IAS officers.
Sensing the importance of the ministry's circular, the State General Administration Department has forwarded it to all IAS officers of the Madhya Pradesh cadre who are on deputation to the Centre.
The circular has created ripples among bureaucrats, particularly those who have completed their deputation and are still waiting for regularisation of overstay.
The circular said, "It has been brought to the notice of the government that even though the terms and conditions of deputation issued by various ministries/departments/offices specify the period of deputation, there have been a number of cases of overstay without the approval of the competent authority.
A number of proposals for regularisation of such overstay are also being received for approval by the competent authority".
The circular, issued to all ministries and state governments, says, "It is necessary to ensure that there is no laxity on the part of the controlling authorities in relieving the deputationist, and the deputationist should not go by the presumption that he needs to join his parent cadre only after being formally relieved by the borrowing department".