West Bengal ROPA 2019 : Exercise Option
Exercise of option ‐ (1) The option under the provisos to rule 5 shall be exercised in writing in the form appended to Schedule IV so as to reach the authority mentioned in sub‐ rule 2 within three months of the date of notification of these rules in Official Gazette:
Provided that‐(i) in the case of a Government servant, who on the date of notification of these rules, is on leave or on deputation or on foreign service, the said option shall be exercised in writing so as to reach the said authority within three months of his return from such leave or deputation or foreign service, as the case may be; and
(ii) where a Government employee is under suspension on the date of publication of these rules in the Official Gazette, the option may be exercised by him within three months of the date of his return to his duty or within three months of the date of notification of these rules, whichever is later.
(2) The option shall be submitted by the Government employee to the Head of his Office.
(3) If the option is not received by the Head of his Office within the time specified in sub‐rule (1), the Government employee shall be deemed to have elected to be governed by the revised pay structure with effect from the 1st day of January, 2016.
(4) The option once exercised shall be final.
Note 1‐ A Government employee, who died on or after the 1st day of January, 2016 and could not exercise the option within the prescribed time limit, shall be deemed to have opted for the revised pay structure on and from the 1st day of January, 2016 or from such subsequent date as is considered most beneficial to him, if he was alive.
Note 2‐ A Government employee who was on earned leave or any other leave on 1st day of January, 2016 which entitled him to leave salary shall be entitled to exercise option under this rule.
Note 3‐ A Government employee whose existing scale of post was revised with effect from any date before publication of these rules, may be allowed the benefits of exercising option under this rule on the basis of notional basic pay in the related scale.