The Central government said on Monday that government officials with autistic children will not be given routine transfer and rotational transfer. Such employees will also not be asked to go for voluntary retirement in case they refuse such postings.
Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh on Monday announced to include autistic children in the category of disabled children.
"Considering the fact that a child with autism spectrum disorder requires constant support of a caregiver and it would be imperative for government employees with such children to take of their child on a continuous basis, it has been decided to include 'autism' in the term 'disabled' in the office memorandum," said a DoPT order.
The department of personnel and training on Monday directed all ministries and departments to circulate the latest instruction to all the concerned.
Upbringing and rehabilitation of a disabled child requires financial support and "making the government employee choose voluntary retirement on the pretext of routine transfer or rotation transfer would have an adverse impact on the rehabilitation process of the disabled child", the order had said.
Autism is a developmental disorder, present from early childhood, where the person has difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people.