F. No. 11012/03/2020-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the August 5, 2020
Subject: Completion of Disciplinary proceeding through Video
Conferencing in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic – reg.
The undersigned is directed to say that it has come to the notice of this
Department that due to outbreak of Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic, the
Disciplinary Inquiry proceedings are being deferred/delayed. In this regard,
attention is invited to the para-10 of DoPT’s OM No. 142/ 40/2015- AVD.I dated 15.09.2017 vide which it was stated that –
‘The Inquiry Officer shall conduct the inquiry proceedings at a location
taking into account the availability of records, station/ place where the
misconduct occurred as well as the convenience of the witnesses/ PO etc.
Video Conferencing should be utilized to the maximum extent possible to
minimize travel undertaken by the IO/PO/CO. The cadre controlling
authorities will facilitate necessary arrangements for the Video
2. It is hereby reiterated that the authorities concerned may conduct the
disciplinary proceedings with the aid of Video Conferencing, subject to the condition that principles of natural justice are fully adhered to, while conducting the proceedings through such digital mode.
Under Secretary to the Government of India