NEW DELHI: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will no more absorb the officials who come on deputation from other organizations. This move will put an end to internal rift in the organization and people lobbying to get absorbed permanently, sources said.
Complying with the decision of the NHAI Board, which has members from different ministries and Niti Aayog, the NHAI has issued a circular on this. The policy guidelines said, “Now that NHAI has been able to substantially build up its own cadre in the technical cadre, the need for absorption of officers in the authority has been reviewed and in this regard, NHAI Board in its meeting held on December 23, 2020 decided that ‘henceforth there shall be no absorption in NHAI’. In compliance to the decision of the authority and accordingly, the provision pertaining to absorption in the Rule-13 of NHAI (Recruitment, Seniority and Promotion) may be treated as deleted.”
Officials said this has brought a greater clarity for all employees. They added the NHAI will continue to hire officials and engineers at higher levels on deputation and they can remain in the position for the prescribed period. “The NHAI has been witness to many instances when people on deputation have tried to get absorbed in the organization. The main intention of the authority was to have a lean organization and bring experts and professionals on deputation from other entities. But that had got lost. The new decision will be good for the organisation,” said an official.