HANDBOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS ON FOREIGN ASSIGMENTS

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HANDBOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS ON FOREIGN ASSIGMENTS

F.18/10/91-FA(UN)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL AND TRAINING)

NEW DELHI — 110 001, June 20, 1991

To
The Chief Secretaries of
all State Governments and Union Territories.
Subject: Consolidated Instructions relating to Foreign Assignment of Indian Experts.
Sir,
I am directed to say that in supersession of this Department’s earlier instructions contained in letter No.l/10/87-FA(UN), dated the 29 th of January, 1988, and all other letters on the subject, the following revised and comprehensive instructions will be operative from the date of issue.
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DEPUTATION ON FOREIGN ASSIGNMENT:
Deputation of Indian Experts on assignments abroad will be classified into the following categories :
(a) Foreign posts of the Government of India (GOI) under the various Ministries of the Government.
(b) Bilateral assignments to the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
(c) Captive posts of GOI in the international organisations where recruitment is limited to the Indian officials.
(d) International assignment to the UN and its agencies, other multinational organisations, the Governments and public institutes in the oil-rich and developed countries.
3. FOREIGN POSTS OF GOI:
These include the posts in the Indian Missions abroad under the administrative control of the Ministries of Finance, Commerce etc. (other than the Ministry of External Affairs), the overseas offices of the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Civil Aviation and other Ministries, the India Investment Centres and other similar public bodies.
3.1 Selection for these posts will be made through the Civil Services Board (CSB) according to the procedure prescribed for appointment under the Central Staffing Scheme of GOI. In order to ensure equality of opportunity and fairness in the selection procedure.
3.2 The officers appointed to the posts would be allowed a tenure of 3 years (and this period will not count towards the ceiling prescribed for assignments under the international organisations).
4. BILATERAL ASSIGNMENTS TO THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES :
These cover assignments under the ITEC (Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation) and other similar programmes and contract appointments in the Governments and para-statal organisations in the developing countries of Asia, Pacific,
Africa and Latin America and remunerated by the concerned developing countries (as distinguished from the oil-rich and developed nations) according to their salary scales.
4.1 As far as possible, all organized recruitment of experts at graduate professional -vel and above for bilateral assignments should be on a Government-to-Government basis. In addition, individual officials may also secure such assignments . by making applications in response to open advertisements by the Governments and para-statal organisations of the developing countries following the prescribed procedure; sometimes direct offers may also be received from these organisations by experts in recognition of their past work in the relevant areas.
4.2 Selection for assignments under the ITEC programme would be made as per the scheme being operated by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Personnel & Training. For these and other bilateral assignments on a Government-to- Government basis, the panel of experts maintained in the Department of Personnel & Training will be utilized for making selections. In addition, if necessary, suitable experts could be located in consultation with the relevant nodal Ministries and the State Governments.
5. CAPTIVE POSTS OF GOI IN THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS:
These assignments include the posts of Executive Directors in the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) etc., Advisers and Technical or Executive Assistants to the Executive Directors and other similar posts where recruitment is restricted to the Indian experts.
5.1 Selection for these posts would be made according to the procedure prescribed for appointments under the Central Staffing Scheme of COI. However, the tenure of these officials in the international organisations will be subject to the provisions relating to the ceiling on tenure, cooling off requirement etc. prescribed (in subsequent paragraphs) for international assignments.
6. INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS :
This category covers the assignments under the international organisations like the UN and its specialised agencies, the World Bank, IMF, ADB and the Commonwealth Secretariat including the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC) and other multinational public institutions. Included in this category are also assignments to the Governments, para-statal organisations and public institutions like Universities, Research and Academic Institutes in the oil-rich and developed countries.
6.1 The details concerning the selection procedure and terms relating to appointments including ceiling on tenure, cooling off requirement etc. in respect of international assignments have been outlined in the paragraphs that follow. Whenever some of these terms are also applicable to other categories of foreign assignments, this has been indicated at the appropriate place.

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