DOP : Regularization of the period of absence from duty in r/o Gramin Dak Sevaks during COVID – 19 pandemic periods

DOP : Regularization of the period of absence from duty in r/o Gramin Dak Sevaks during COVID – 19 pandemic periods

Regularization of the period of absence from duty in r/o Gramin Dak Sevaks during COVID – 19 pandemic periods

No.  17 – 13/7021 -GDS
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department  of  Posts (Establishment Division)
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Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110001

Dated: 29th July, 2021

To

  1. All Chief Postmaster General
  2. Chief General  Manager, Business Development  & Parcel/PLI Directorate
  3. Director RAKNPA/ CGM CEPT/ Director, All Postal Training Centers

Subject :  Regularization of the period of absence from duty in r/o Gramin Dak Sevaks during COVID – 19 pandemic periods.

Madam/Sir,

This Department is in receipt of various references regarding regulariLat1on of the period of absence of Gramin Dak Sevaks of Department of Posts during lockdown / quarantine period, etc. The matter has been considered and with the approval of the competent  authority,  following orders are issued

(a) Period of absence due to restrictions on movement and travel imposed by the Central Government, State/UT Government, district authorities, local authorities, residential society etc. and due  to residential area concerned notified as containment zone and due to suspension of public transport due to which the GDS is not able to attend office – shall be treated as duty for all purposes.

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(b) Period of quarantine/isolation, as prescribed by the authority from time to time, on coming into contact with a Covid positive person while in office or while carrying out official duty or while at place of residence – to be treated as duty for all purposes.

(c) In case of a GDS getting  infected with Covid, a prov1s1on of paid leave on contracting Covid up to 30 days is provided for. The Period of absence due to GDS contracting Covid 19 – sanction of paid leave upto 30 days  would be regulated as following :-

    1. Sanction of paid leave at credit of GDS
    2. Sanction of emergency leave at credit of GDS
    3. Sanction of paid leave/emergency leave which is not yet due and which shall be credited in leave account  of GDS in subsequent half yearly periods.

Total  paid leave sanctioned  as  per (i), (ii) and  (iii) above shall not exceed 30 days.

(d) In cases where  the period left with the GDS before he/she is discharged on alla1ning 65 years of age 1s less than two years, he/she shall be able to avail paid leave/emergency leave not yet due only to the extent of leave expected to be credited in his/her account  till  his/her attaining 65 years of age.

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(e) In cases where the GDS who has availed paid leave/emergency leave not yet due get discharged before the leave availed are adjusted against the future entitlement of leave, recovery from his/her Severance/Gratuity may be made.  As for GDS who have not completed 10 years of engagemenl period and thus not entitled for Severance Gratuity, will have to deposit amount equivalent to the leave not adjusted before discharge.

(f) Following undertaking shall be obtained by the leave sanctioning authority where paid leave/emergency leave not yet due 1s sanctioned:

Undertaking

“I undertake to return to the Department the amount of paid leave/emergency leave sanctioned to me in accordance with Dte. OM No. dated   and which is in excess of the paid leave/emergency leave which is credited 1n my leave account till my date of discharge.”

Name :
Designation:
Office:

2. The leave sanctioning authority accordingly after satisfying himself/herself shall issue appropriate orders.

3. In case the GDS concerned is not satisfied with the decision of leave sanctioning  authority,  he/she  may  represent to  next  higher authority. The next higher authority will decide the representation within 15 days of receipt.

4. These orders shall cover all the period  of absence  of  GDS  due  to covid-19 related circumstances since imposition of first lockdown i.e. 24.03.2020   and  shall  remain  in  force   till  end  of  Covid- 19  pandemic declaration by government authorities.

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(Tarun Mittal)
Assistant Director General (PE- 1 & SCT)/LO
ADG (GDS/PCC)

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