With regard to Counting of the limitation period for the diverse purposes under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, DoPT has issued instructions vide its OM. F. No. 11013/9/2014-Estt.A. III Dated the 5th June, 2020.
The DoPT instructions on Counting of the limitation period for the diverse purposes is as follows
The undersigned is directed to refer to OM of even number dated 30th March, 2020 whereby, considering the unprecedented situation of lockdown w.e.f. 24th March, 2020, the period of lockdown was decided to be excluded from the time-limits prescribed in various Rules/instructions.
While in the initial periods of lockdown, the Government offices were directed to work either with skeletal staff or with 1/3rd of its strength, DoPT’s extant instructions provide for attendance of 100% officers of the level of DS & above and 50% below DS on all working days. Ministry of Home Affairs vide its Order dated 30th May, 2020 has also issued instructions for phase-wise reopening of prohibited activities outside the containment zone.
In view of this, it has now been decided that the exclusion of lockdown period w.e.f. 24th March, 2020 shall cease to have further effect with the issue of this O.M. Therefore, after exclusion of lockdown period, action as per time-lines provided under various Rules/instructions may be completed within the period as explained in paras 2 & 3 of O.M. dated 30th March, 2020 referred above.