Outsourcing Policy – Engagement of consultants and outsourcing of services
The fundamental principles applicable to all Ministries/Departments regarding engagement of consultants and outsourcing of services are provided in General Financial Rules, 2005. As per GFR, 2005, the Ministries/Departments may hire external professionals, consultancy firms or consultants for a specific job which is well defined in terms of content and time frame for its completion or outsource certain services in the interest of economy and efficiency.
The vacant posts of permanent employees in the Central Government are to be filled up as per the provisions of the Recruitment Rules.
The term of the existing contract to engage outsourced persons in the Central Information Commission has already expired. However, the existing engagement of outsourced persons has been allowed to continue for the smooth functioning of the Commission, till the fresh contract is awarded. The Government has decided that fresh tender may be invited at the earliest, following due procedure and the Government has not given any directions to reduce the pay of the existing outsourced persons to the minimum wages.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ravindra Kumar Pandey in the Lok Sabha today.