Monday, November 18, 2013

Incredible! Govt regularises 7-year-old unauthorized overstay of a 1994 batch IAS officer

ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013, the DoPT issued a notification mentioning the name of a 1994 batch IAS officer whose unauthorized overstay in Uttarakhand seven years ago, has been regularized. The notification signed by under secretary SS Shukla and sent to four officials viz.
chief secretaries of Assam, Uttarakhand, accountant generals of Assam and Uttarakhand, does not however mention why the government took seven years to regularise an IAS officer’s overstay during a deputation in another cadre. Here is the exact text of the November 14, 2013, notification: “In exercise of the power conferred by Rule 6(1) of the Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954, and with the concurrence of the Government of Assam and Uttarakhand, the Central Government has approved the proposal for regularization of unauthorized overstay for the period from 01.01.2006 to 08.08.2006 by Shri R. C Joshi, IAS (AM: 94) while on inter cadre deputation from Assam Meghalaya cadre to Uttarakhand cadre.”
Originally hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Joshi is an engineer-turned IAS who started his career as an SDO in Meghalaya and became a deputy commissioner in South Garo Hills. According to Executive Record Sheet of the officer, he has been a secretary in the finance department of Assam Administrative Staff College since January 2010.


  1. We have received two messages saying there is nothing unusual about regularization of unauthorized extension of deputation tenure. So what's the big deal? But the question is, DoPT's repeated stricture asking officers to take prior permission before overstaying in a posting gets violated on a regular basis. Also, even if "unauthorized" overstay is regularized, why should the government take seven years to do the same? What message does it give to the government's time-bound delivery mechanism? Maybe, it's the time to change the attitude.