'Sanction leave of officers above 50 for self-quarantine'

Amending rules, the government of India has issued directions to sanction leaves of officials above 50 years of age for self-quarantine.

“Leave sanctioning authorities advised to sanction leave to officials who wish to self-quarantine as a preventive measure,” reads an order issued by Umesh Kumar Bhatia, Deputy Secretary, Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Personal and Training.

In relaxation of central civil services (leave) rules, 1972, it has now been decided with the approval of competent authority to grant commuted leave without production of medical certificate to those officials who are above 50 years of age and have underlying conditions i.e. diabetes, and respiratory problems, said the order.

“Renal diseases and other life-threatening illness, for a period up to April 4 so as to avoid unnecessary burden on the health care system,” it reads.