Clarification on regularization of absence during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period – DOPT O.M No. 13020/1/2019-Estt(L) dated 01.03.2021
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Old JNU Campus, New Delhi 110 067
Subject :- Clarification on regularization of absence during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period – regarding.
This Department has been receiving several references requesting for clarification relating to regularization of absence during COVID-19 epidemic lockdown period.
2. In this regard, it is stated that this Department has already issued a clarification on regularization of absence during COVID-19 lockdown period vide DoPT’s OM no. 14029/5/2020-Estt.(L)(pt.) dated 28.07.2020 (copy enclosed).
3. It is further clarified that this Department’s OM dated 28.07.2020 has been issued in view of the circumstances that the country is going through due to COVID-19 situations and the unavoidable problems faced by the Government employees in different sectors under the Government of India. A general terminology has been adopted to cover all kinds of problems faced by the employees due to COVID-19 situation. The said OM may not touch all specific circumstantial problems faced by all employees under the Government of India; however, an interpretation of such circumstances in congruence with the clarification made in the above OM is adoptable.
4. Therefore, all Ministries / Departments may examine cases relating to regularization of absence during COVID-19 lockdown period in the light of this Department’s OM dated 28.07.2020 referred to above and the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Home Affairs from time to time.
Under Secretary to the Government of India