<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government has relaxed the 50% norm for overstaying abroad after official visit, by allowing bureaucrats to avail a four-day holiday if their official tour is of less than 8 days. Under the earlier norms, bureaucrats travelling abroad on official tour could seek leave for staying abroad up to 50% of the duration of visit, subject to a maximum of 15 days.”It has been decided that in case of official visit/tour abroad (including training and excluding study leave) where the period of deputation is less than 8 days, the government official may be granted ex-India leave for a maximum period of 4 days,” said the office memorandum issued by the Department of Expenditure in the Finance Ministry.The memorandum, however, clarified that in respect of official visit/tour abroad, including training for more than 8 days, the limit of 50% ex-India leave will continue. It further said, that during ex-India leave the closed holidays, like Saturday, Sunday, etc, may be pre-fixed/ suffixed subject to the condition that no extra financial implications like payment of hotel charges/per-diem allowance are involved.Earlier this year, the Ministry had said that bureaucrats can go on a maximum four overseas trips in a calendar year, and that Secretaries should undertake such travels only when no one else can be deputed.Secretaries to government departments had also been barred from travelling abroad during a Parliament session unless absolutely unavoidable. Also, Secretary and the Minister of a department cannot be abroad at the same time. The foreign travels of bureaucrats have to be authorised by Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCoS).

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Govt relaxes norms for overstay beyond official foreign tour