Medical report delinked from annual appraisal of Central Government officers

Submission of medical report has not been done away with, but has been made independent of the regular APAR process

Medical report delinked from annual appraisal of Central Government officers

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Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24

Central Government officers will not be required to submit their annual medical check-up report along with their Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) in view of the situation arising due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The same will be done separately with extension in dates.

“In view of the prevailing situation, it has been decided to delink the submission of a summary of the medical report from recording and completion of the APAR for the year 2019-20,” a memorandum issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on May 22 states.

According to standing instructions, the APAR, along with the medical report is to be submitted by April 15 each year for the previous financial year. Submission of the medical report has not been done away with this year but has been made independent of the regular APAR process. It will have to be submitted separately till December 31.

Earlier, orders issued by the DoPT had extended the time for submission of the medical report to June 30. The timelines for submission of the APAR were also extended as a one-time measure for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

The date for distribution of blank APAR forms was extended from March 31 to May 31, while the date for submission of self-appraisal by the officer concerned to his immediate superior was extended from April 15 to June 30.

The timelines for subsequent action on the APAR further up the hierarchical chain have also been similarly extended. December 31, 2020, has now been fixed for the end of the entire APAR process.

Generation of the APAR in the Central Government is now an online process only through a system called “Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window” (SPARROW).

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