New guidelines for two-year extension in service after 58 years

Chandigarh: Punjab government today issued fresh set of guidelines for two-year extension in service to employees after the age of superannuation.

Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa
Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa

According to norm, the date of superannuation of a Punjab government employee other than a Class IV government employee, is the date on which he attains the age of 58 years.

These new instructions have been issued superseding the earlier guidelines issued in October 2014 and January 2015, an official spokesperson of the Finance Department said.

According to the new guidelines, extension in the service would be denied to those employees who have been either chargesheeted or a decision has been taken to chargesheet them under rule 8 of Punjab Civil Services (Punishment & Appeal) Act, 1970.

Employees, who may have been awarded major penalty that still hold impact on the day of their retirement or awarded major penalty three years before their retirement or against whom competent authority has given permission to prosecute them in criminal case, would also be denied extension, the spokesperson said.

He said all such officers would be ineligible for extension after the age of 58 years.

As per the new guidelines such officers/officials who have already got extension and serving in the first or second year of extension and who are under the above mentioned disqualifications, the cases of such employees would be reconsidered and if found guilty, the grant of extension in service would be nullified.

It has also been clarified that if the request of the officers/officials has been rejected for extension on the ground of administrative and criminal case pending against them at the time of retirement, if such employees have been exonerated at later stage, their extension in service cases would not be reconsidered, he said.

The spokesperson further said if any officer/official committed grave misconduct during extension or received notice for the misconduct committed by him in past, the benefit of extension in service to such employees could be denied without serving any notice, he added.

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