Thursday, 10 June 2021

Conduct & Disciplinary Rules : Article from Mr. K.V.Sridharan

 Conduct & Disciplinary Rules - 2 : Article from Mr. K.V.Sridharan

Conduct & Disciplinary Rules - 2 : Article from Mr. K.V.Sridharan

It is said that the essence of Government service is the sense of discipline to which all Government employees are subjected and the privileges to which they are entitled to. Two sets of rules cover the dos and don’ts for Government employees. The action to be taken for failure to observe the dos & don’ts as also other omissions and commissions codified. These are the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965. 

The Conduct expected of a Government servant are defined in CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964. Any conduct contrary to the provisions of this Rule is construed as Misconduct. First let us see the gist of Conduct Rules 1964.

CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964

The Conduct expected of a Government servant are defined in CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964. Any conduct contrary to the provisions of this Rule is construed as Misconduct. The conduct expected of a Government servant is defined in CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964.

Every Government Servant shall all times maintain

     (i) Absolute integrity

     (ii) devotion to duty

     (iii) do nothing which is unbecoming of a Govt. Servant.

Supervisors should ensure the integrity and devotion of duty of all his subordinates. (Rule 3 (i))Maintain impartiality. (GID under Rule 3)

Maintain standard conduct in private life (GID under Rule 3)

Maintain proper decorum working and lunch hours (GID under Rule 3)

Any conduct contrary to the provisions of this rule is construed as Misconduct

(1) He should not act otherwise than in his best judgment in the exercise of powers conferred on him except when he is acting under the direction of his official superior.

(a) such directions shall be in writing as far as possible.

(b) Confirmation of oral instructions shall be issued/obtained in writing.

2) Government Servants shall not act in a discourteous manner in the performance of official duties and shall not adopt dilatory tactics or cause wilful delays in his official dealings.

(3) Governments Servants shall not indulge in any act of sexual harassment to any woman at her work place and those in charge of a workplace shall take appropriate steps to prevent sexual harassment to any woman at such work place.


Restrictions on Government Servants

Ø Employment of near relatives in companies or firms

Ø Maintaining connections with press or media

Ø Criticism of the Government

Ø Giving evidence before any Committee or any other authority

Ø Communications of official information

Ø Raising funds or collections

Ø Accepting gifts

Ø Engaging in private trade or employment

Ø Investments lending and borrowing

Ø Acquiring and disposing movable, immovable and valuable properties.

Ø Vindication of acts as Government servant and his character

Ø Marriage.

Ø Consumption of intoxicating drinks etc.

Ø Supervisory officers to ensure integrity of officials under their control.

Prohibitions on Government Servants

Ø Taking part in politics and elections

Ø Joining associations - the objects or activities of which are prejudicial to the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India or public order or morality.

Ø Giving or taking or about the giving or taking dowry and even demanding dowry directly or indirectly from the parent or guardian of a bride/bride groom.

Ø Canvassing of non-official or other outside influence to further his interest in respect of his service matters.

Ø Employment of Children below 14 years of age.

Ø Habitual indebtedness or insolvency (Rule 17)

Ø Should not lease or otherwise allow occupation by any other person of Government accommodation allotted to him. (Rule 15 A)

Thanks to Mr. K.V.Sridharan, Ex General Secretary, AIPEU Group C

 Conduct & Disciplinary Rules - 3

Examples of unbecoming conduct

Ø Suppression of information regarding arrest or conviction.

Ø Participation in proselytizing activities.

Ø Bidding at auctions conducted by one’s own dept.

Ø Neglect of family

Ø Practicing untouchability

Ø Submission of joint representations.

Ø Lack of decorum during lunch hours.

Ø Sub-letting Govt. accommodation.

Ø Refusal to accept a charge sheet.

Ø Disobeying an order of suspension.

Ø Assault on another Government servant.

Ø Possession of disproportionate assets.

 Activities requiring permission

Ø To join educational institution (Rule 15)

Ø To join Home Guards (Rule 3)

Ø To join foreign language class. (Rule 5)

Ø To participate in the editing or management (Rule 8)

Ø To give evidence in any enquiry (Rule 10)

Ø To ask for or accept contributions.(Rules 12)

Ø To accept gifts when value exceeds limit (Rule 13)

Ø To engage in any trade or business (Rules 15)

Ø To acquire or dispose any immovable property (Rule 18)

Ø To enter in to transactions in movable property exceeds limits (Rule 18) 

 Limits for Acceptance of Gifts 

During Weddings, anniversaries, funeral or religious functions

Other case

Group A – Rs.25000

Group B – Rs.15000

Group C – Rs.7500

Group A – Rs.5000

Group B – Rs.5000

Group C – Rs.2000

(DOPT OM dtd 06.08.2019)

Gifts includes

w  Free transport

w  Free boarding, lodging or any other expenses 

The above are the important provisions mentioned in the Conduct Rules. We are furnishing hereunder the excerpts of the important rules of the CCS Conduct Rules 1964 for the consumption of all. You can read all these and raise whatever doubts you are having in the discussion forum which is likely to be commenced shortly. We can discuss the issues freely and frankly but with restrictions. No one should hurt the feelings of others. No other matter except the concerned subject. I hope that all of you will cooperate


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