The Centre has made it mandatory for bureaucrats to execute a bond to pay back all expenses incurred by the government before taking up an advanced training programme, in case they leave the course or service mid-way.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has written to all states and Union Territories about inclusion of the new clause related to the bond for recommending officers to attend Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA).
“The officer selected for the APPPA programme will be required to execute a Bond prior to his/her joining the programme and submit the same to his/her Cadre Controlling Authority that he/she will serve the Government for a period of five years, or to repay the total expenses incurred on the training in the event of his/her resignation, voluntary retirement or quitting programme without completing,” Joint Secretary (Training), DoPT, Upma Srivastava said.
She said that the government’s directive will come into effect from 38th APPPA programme scheduled to begin in July.
The programme is aimed at imparting specialised training in courses related to disaster management, public expenditure management, economics of regulation, management systems and rural development among others.
The estimated cost of the course, which includes a short term foreign study visit, is about Rs 3.38 lakh.
According to a DoPT official, the move was taken after noting instances of officers leaving the training programme or courses for better options.
No . 12013 / 04/20 11-Trg(TNP-38, h APPPA)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel . Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Training Di v is ion)
Block-IV,3rd Floor. Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi-II 0067
Dated 21″ February, 201 2
Subject: 38’h Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA)-2nd July 2012 to 31 st March 2013- inclusion of Bond condition reg.
In continuation of this Department’s Circular of even number dated 17th November 2011 on the above subject. It has now been decided with the approval of competent authority to include the following clause under terms and conditions of APPPA programme:
“THAT, in the event of APPPA participant failing to resume duty, or resigning or voluntarily retiring from service or otherwise quitting service, withouj returning to duty after expiry or termination of the period of training, OR failing to complete the training programme, OR quitting the service at any time within a period of FWE (5) years after the return to duty, he shall forthwith pay to the Government or as may be directed by the Government, on demand the said sum together with interest thereon from the date of demand at Government rates for the time being in force on Government loans. “
2. The officer selected for the APPPA programme will be required to execute a ‘ Bond’ (copy enclosed) prior to hislher joining the programme and submit the same to hislher Cadre Controlling Authority that he/she will serve the Government for a period of five years, or to repay the total expenses incurred on the training in the event of his/her resignation, voluntary retirement or quitting programme without completing. This will take effect from 38th APPPA programme.
Joint Secretary to the Government of India