General Principles for determining seniority of various categories of persons employed in Central Services.
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
New Delhi, dated the 22nd December, 1959
Subject: General Principles for determining seniority of various categories of persons employed in Central Services.
As the Ministries of the Government are aware, instructions have been issued from time to time regarding the principles to be observed in and the method of determining seniority vide Office Memorandum cited below:-
i. Office Memorandum No. 30/44/48 – Apptts, dated the 22nd June, 1949.
ii. Office Memorandum No. 65/28/49 – DGS.(Appts.) dated the 3rd February, 1950 and other subsequent Office Memorandum regarding fixation of seniority of ex-employees of the Government of Burma.
iii. Office Memorandum No. 31/223/50 – DGS, dated the 27th April, 1951 and other subsequent Office Memorandum regarding fixation of seniority of displace Government Servants.
iv. Office Memorandum No. 9/59/56 – RPS dated 4th August, 1956.
The instructions contained in this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 30/44/43 – Appts., dated the 22nd June, 1949, were issued in order to safeguard the interests of displaced Government servants appointed to the Central Services after partition. As it was not possible to regulate the seniority of only displaced Government servants by giving them credit for previous service, the instructions were made applicable to all categories of persons appointed to Central Services. The principles contained in the 22nd June, 1949 orders were extended to:
(i) Ex-Government servants of Burma appointed to Central Services, and
(ii) The employees of former part ‘B’ States taken over to the Centre as a result of Federal Financial Integration.
The instructions contained in this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 32/10/49 – CS, dated the 31st March, 1950 and No. 32/49/CS(C) dated the 20th September 1952 similarly regulate Central Service.
2. The question has been raised whether it is necessary to continue to apply the instructions contained in the Office Memorandum cited above. Displaced Government servants have by and large been absorbed in the various Central Services and their seniority has been fixed with reference to the previous service rendered by them. Similarly, the seniority of ex-employees of the Government of Burma and Part ‘B’ States as well as of candidates with war service has already been determined in accordance with the instructions cited above. As the specific object underlying the instructions cited have been achieved, there is no longer any reason to apply these instructions in preference to the normal principles for determination of seniority. It has, therefore, been decided in consultation with the UPSC, that hereafter the seniority of all persons appointed to the various Central Services after the date of these instructions should be determined in accordance with the General Principles annexed here to.
3. The instructions contained in the various Office Memorandum cited in para 1 above are hereby cancelled, except in regard to determination of seniority of persons appointed to the various Central Services prior to the date of this Office Memorandum. The revised General Principles embodied in the Annexure will not apply with retrospective effect, but will come into force with effect from the date of issue of these orders; unless a different date in respect of any particular service/grade from which these revised principles are to be adopted for purposes of determining seniority has already been or is hereafter agreed to by this Ministry.
Special Secretary t the Government of India.