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Vigilance on heels of Punjab ‘NRI’ employees

To crack down on staff who have been overstaying abroad

Written by Chitleen K Sethi | Chandigarh |
August 5, 2013 2:53:08 am

The Punjab government wants its “NRI” employees fixed. The state vigilance bureau has started gathering information about those employees who went abroad for a short duration but never returned and are now living in foreign countries either legally or illegally.

The VB has asked all financial commissioners and secretaries heading various departments to send a complete list of such “NRI” employees to the bureau.

Acting on complaints by other employees about colleagues overstaying their leave,vigilance authorities issued the first letter in June and followed it up with a reminder last week. Many employees violated civil services rules and went abroad never to return.

According to D.P. Singh,Deputy Director (Administration),VB Punjab,hundreds of employees had initially taken leave from their respective departments but overstayed. Yet they continue to derive service benefits causing losses to the government. The VB has asked the departments to send the names,ranks and complete address of such employees at the earliest.

The problem of such “NRI” employees is the highest in education and health departments. In February this year the state government announced dismissal of over 1,300 government school teachers who had gone abroad but never reported back for duty. Some of them have been missing since 1992.

The department has only issued lame notices till last year when the first set of 200 teachers were dismissed.

In June 2010 also the education department decided to terminate 100 teachers who were on ex-India leave and overstayed without approval. However,no action was taken mainly because the state was going to polls in 2011.

The department had also made it compulsory for a teacher going out of the country to give an affidavit stating if he or she overstayed the leave period it should be considered that the said person had no interest in joining back.

The government is also facing a huge problem of doctors who have gone on leave and not reported back. Though there is no definite number of such doctors available,sources in the department say it runs into several hundreds.

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