Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Department of Personnel and Training


New Delhi, dated March 10, 2005


The Chief Secretaries

All State Governments (by name)

Subject:- Taking up of long term as also short term consultancy assignments by Government servants on return from Study Leave etc – Consolidated Instructions on Foreign Assignment of Indian Experts – Clarification regarding.


I am directed to refer to Department of Personnel and Training’s O.M No.4/3/95-FA(UN) dated 23.8.96 (copy enclosed) on the subject mentioned above and to say that the existing instructions on the subject provide that an officer who has gone abroad on Study Leave or on Training should not be permitted to accept any foreign assignment/ consultancy abroad in continuation of the Study Leave or Training.

2. The question whether officers returning from Study Leave or Training abroad can be permitted to take up foreign assignments/ consultancies soon after their return was under consideration of the Government for quite sometime.

3. After careful consideration, it has been decided that officers who proceed abroad on Training or Study Leave should revert to their cadres and serve for at least two years before being eligible for undertaking foreign assignments/ consultancies.

4. The aforesaid decision of the Government may be brought to the notice of all concerned.


Yours faithfully,


(Badal K. Das)

Establishment Officer


Copy to:

1. All Secretaries to the Government of India (by name).

2. All cadre controlling authorities of Central Group ‘A’ services.


(Badal K. Das)

Establishment Officer

Copy to:

1. All officers and Sections of the Department of Personnel & Training