Scenario/Situation with Clarification on regarding of Absence during COVID-19 Lockdown
Circular No.27/Staff Wing/2020
No.71 /Staff Entt.II./20-2018
Office of the Comptroller &
Auditor General of India
9. DEEN DAYAL UPADHYAYA MARG.
NEW DELHI – 110 124
Date: 19 June 2020
All Heads of Department
Subject: Clarification on regarding of Absence during COVID-19 Lockdown period.
Regularization of absence during COVID-19 lnckdown period imposed by the Government to contain the spread of Corona virus has been examined and the following clarifications are issued:
|1.||Employees on approved official tour upto and including
25th March & unable to return to their Headquarters,
inspite of best efforts.
|The period of absence should be treated as duty
subject to working from place of stay.
|2.||Employees who were on sanctioned leave for period
including 25.03.2020 and leave was sanctioned prior
to issue of lockdown orders (25.03.2020) and the leave
ended during lockdown period. This includes
employees who were in duty station or were
travelling outside the duty station during the leave
|Deemed to have joined duty from the date of expiry
of leave, subject to certification by the Controlling
officer that the employee worked from home as
required for employees in duty station upto 14.04.2020
and beyond only subject to being available for duty
in office if called on 15.04.2020 or thereafter.
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 their leave
ended on 20.03.2020, but did not join duty on
duty on 23.03.2020 (Monday) or 24.03.2020
|Employees who did not join duty on 23.03.2020
and 24.03.2020. could strictly speaking, attract
provision of FR. 17. However, considering the
circumstances, such employees may be allowed
to apply for Ieave for the entire period till they
returned to their duty station and rejoined duty.
|4.||Employees who left duty station for the
week-end with due permission ie. on
20.03.2020, but did not return to duty
station on 23.03.2020 (Monday) or
|5.||Employees who were on sanctioned leave prior to issue
of orders on lockdown (25.03.2020) and their 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. 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 fulfillment of other requirements based
on the type of leave availed and subject to having
worked from home after expiry of sanctioned leave
Asstt. Comptroller and Auditor General (N)