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Deal strictly with officers who overstay deputation

New Delhi: Concerned over umpteen instances of officials overstaying the deputation period, a Parliamentary Committee has asked the government to deal with such cases with a "strong hand".

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and Law and Justice has come down heavily on such officials for misusing the provision of deputation to avoid certain "uncomfortable" positions and suggested steps for discouraging it.

The Committee said that deputation, as a policy, had been envisaged to facilitate mobility of personnel between departments so that the person concerned as well as the department(s) benefit from the process.

"When the person on deputation reverts to his parent department, he can put to use the innovative practices that he imbibed from the other department and also, the latter can derive benefits from the processes followed in the person`s parent department. Therefore, once the period of deputation is over, it is beyond reason that the person overstays.

"The Committee is of the considered view that the existing tendency of treating deputation as a tool by persons considering certain places uncomfortable, to ensure posting in a better place or to get a hometown posting should be discouraged," the panel said.

The committee in this context further observed that there were umpteen instances of government officials remaining on deputation for years together, moving from one department to another and even to other statutory or autonomous organisations and their stay in their parent department remained very limited.

"Such tendencies need to be curbed with a strong hand," it said.

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