The government is said to be mooting the idea of letting bureaucrats stay on foreign postings and central deputation for seven years at a stretch against the current limit of five years. The extension of deputation tenure up to 7 years could be decided by the ministries, departments and borrowing organisations, according to a draft proposal moved by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) on Wednesday.
According to the new draft rules, the extension shall be done with approval of the minister of the borrowing ministry concerned and, in respect of other organisations, with the approval of the minister of the borrowing ministry with which they are administratively concerned, keeping in view the exigencies.
Further, the departments will be empowered to form rules to have deputation tenures longer than seven years by amending the relevant recruitment rules of such deputation post.
DoPT has justified the move saying various administrative ministries, departments and borrowing organisations have been approaching it for relaxation of the five-year condition, on a case-to-case basis, citing exigencies.