RTI reveals unauthorized absence of IAS officers
In the reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has revealed that 6 IAS officers who went abroad for official foreign services haven’t reported back to their cadres despite the end of their respective tenures. Readers may recall a news under the latest byte put by us in the month of July. Link - http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/rti-reveals-unauthorised-absence-duty-ias-officers-1962
In addition to the reported cases, six more officers have been found missing from their duty. In response to another application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the DoPT has provided a list of following names: J Radhakrishnan (Tamil Nadu, 1992 batch), Namita Dutta (UT, 1991 batch), Sanjay Agarwal (Maharashtra, 1996 batch), Jyotsna Verma (Jharkhand, 1992 batch), K C Mishra (Bihar, 1977 batch) and Prashant (West Bengal, 1988 batch). The DoPT does not have any intimation whether these officers have returned back from foreign assignment.
As per the Rule 7 (2) of All India Service Leave Rules: “A member of the Service shall be deemed to have resigned from the service if he is absent without authorisation for a period exceeding one year from the date of expiry of sanctioned leave or permission, or is absent from duty for a continuous period exceeding five years, or continues in foreign service beyond the period approved.”
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is now sending reminders to all state governments for details of such IAS officers. Chief Secretaries have been asked to submit the details before September 30.