Officials Serving Abroad Put in Catch 55 Situation by Govt

Published: 12th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2014 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: After keeping an age bar for joining the Union Cabinet, the Narendra Modi government is now coming up with a policy that would restrict senior bureaucrats beyond 55 years of age from foreign deputation postings. No foreign deputation will be given to these officials. The government feels that it does not add any value to the country.

The development came in the wake of an instance of a top bureaucrat, who has been on foreign posting for over 10 years and was again seeking extension. While rejecting the officer’s application, Prime Minister Modi has also directed his office to draft a policy to this effect. Modi feels that an officer’s experience in the last leg of his career of foreign stint will not benefit the country.

Several senior babus have enjoyed long and extended foreign postings.  Sanjeev Ahluwalia, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and younger brother of former Planning Commission chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, had enjoyed extended posting in the World Bank for many years since 2005.

“After 55 years, foreign posting’s experience will not add any value to the country. By the time, the officer comes back to India after completing tenure, he/she would be approaching retirement. Government does not gain from their experience during foreign posting,” said an officer from the PMO, who is involving in the policy-making.

Top officials of the rank of additional secretary and secretary will be covered under the new rule. The government feels that bureaucrats generally go for deputation postings abroad which include the United Nations bodies, international financial institutions like World Bank,  multilateral organisations of which India is a member like International Atomic Energy Agency, International Court of Justice, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and bilateral bodies set up under the Vienna Convention—embassies and bodies set up under them.

Besides, the posts also included international NGOs or funding organisations from which India receives technical or financial assistance like Action Aid, Aga Khan Foundation and Ford Foundation, etc.

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