Clarification on regularization of absence during COVID-19 lockdown period
Government of India
Department of Space
Bengaluru – 560094.
May 09, 2020
Sr. Head P&GA,
Subject: Clarification on regularization of absence during COVID-19 lockdown period- reg.
Please refer ISRO HQ Note/letter No. HQ:ADMN:COVID:20 dated 20.04.2020 seeking clarification with regard to regularization of absence during COVID-19 lockdown period imposed by the Government to contain the spread of Corona virus.
2. ISRO HQ proposal has been examined in the Department and following clarifications are issued:
|1||Employees on official tour & unable to return to
|The period of absence shall be treated as duty.
However, no DA to be paid.
|2||Employees who were on leave prior to issue of
lockdown orders (25.03.2020) and the leave
ended during lockdown period. Employees available
in Headquarters or not.
|Deemed to have joined duty from the Date of
expiry of leave. In case of leave on medical
grounds, subject to production of fitness Certificate.
|3||Employees who were on leave prior to issue
of lockdown orders (25.03.2020) and the leave
ended on 20.03.2020, but could not join duty
on 23.03.2020 (Monday}, due to Stoppage of
|Deemed to have joined on 25.03.2020, treating
the period from 21.03.2020 to 24.03.2020 as leave.
Employees shall submit leave application for this
period to the concerned leave sanction authority.
The absence during the lockdown period i.e. from
25/03/2020 to till lift-off of lockdown period, due to
non-availability of public transport facility, shall be
treated as Special Casual Leave as stipulated vide
Cabinet Secretariat (Department of Personnel), O.M.
No. 27/6/71-Estt. (B), dated 01.11.1971.
|4||Employees who left HQ on week-end, i.e.
20.03.2020, but could not return to HQ on
23.03.2020 due to stoppage of Train/
|5||Employees who were on leave prior to issue
of orders on lockdown (25.03.2020) and the
leave expiring during the lock down period,
but wish to curtail the leave before expiry
and join duty.
|Curtailment of sanctioned leave requires approval
based on official exigency, which is not normally
Envisaged during lock-down period. In some cases,
officiating promotion may also have been given to
the senior in the lower grade. Further, the offices
remain closed, except for essential services. Hence,
curtailment of leave may not be agreed to. From
the date following the date of expiry of leave, the
employee may be deemed to have joined duty,
subject to fulfilment of other requirements based
on the type of leave availed.
|6||If an employee is unable to report for duty on
lifting of lockdown, due to non-availability of
public transport, restrictions on inter-zone/district
|May be allowed to work from home till such time public
transport facility is restored subject to Government
orders on movement of public transport.
3. The DOS/ISRO Centres/Units are requested to note the above clarifications for taking appropriate action, if any. Further, it is to inform that the above clarifications are subject to the clarifications issued by the Nodal Ministry, if any later. In case, the Nodal Ministry advice/clarifications differs from the clarifications issued by DOS, then clarifications issued by Nodal Ministry will prevail over the DOS clarifications.
This issues with the approval of the Complete Authority.
Deputy Secretary to Gol