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Retention of an officer beyond five years is made possible

Ministers made empowered to take a call on deputation of officers beyond 5 years without referring to DoPT

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 29 2016 1:02PM | Updated Date: Jun 29 2016 1:04PM

Retention of an officer beyond five years is made possible
Without even referring to the department of personnel and training (DoPT), a ministry or department can now retain an officer even after the end of five year deputation. The ministry or department has to take approval from the minister concerned.
Also, it cab be done only under one condition of ‘absolutely necessary in the public interest’, which means that the retention of officer will be done if it is necessary for the benefit of public.
According to ‘’, there was a letter sent to chief secretaries on June 27 according to which, no case of extension shall be referred to the Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi.
Also, in DoPT’s instruction dated November 28, 2007 there is a provision of the guidelines for All India Service Officers with respect to Rule 6 of the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954 and the analogous provision for the Indian Police Service and the Indian Forest Service. 
In cases where there will be a necessity to have an officer for more than seven years of time period, the departments or authorities may amend the relevant Recruitment Rules of such deputation post accordingly, after the required procedure. It was also there in the letter sent to all the chief secretaries.