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 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