NEW DELHI: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has refused to entertain the plea of a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official challenging her transfer and seeking extension of her stay in Abu Dhabi. A Bench headed by P K Basu dismissed the plea of an Indian Foreign Service officer, who is presently posted at the Embassy of India, AD and wanted a six months extension of her term there, so that her son’s education does not get affected.
“We are pained to see an IFS officer approaching this Tribunal against a routine transfer made by the ministry (MEA). Transfers and postings are routine features in the career of senior Civil Servants,” the Bench said.
Namrata S Kumar pleaded that since the academic session of her son was in progress, breaking it midway would not be good for his career. She also alleged discrimination by the MEA.
On this, the Bench said, “The respondents (MEA) do take lot of care to ensure that diplomats’ children do not face inconvenience because of their parents’ transfer.”
The MEA also refuted the allegations and stated that no favoritism had been shown towards any officer and cited various rules for giving extensions. It submitted, “The applicant has incorrectly stated that an extension on educational grounds is granted by the ministry on routine basis. It was mentioned that as a matter of policy, the ministry grants extension of tenure for a maximum period of one year to only those officers whose children are going into or studying in Class XII or Class X. The extension of tenure of these officers was to ensure that the academic career of the children was not adversely affected in the critical years of school.”