Gifts from ‘Official friends’ to be declared by Hry govt employees- say new rules

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Haryana Cabinet has approved the draft of updated Haryana Civil Services (Employee Conduct) Rules, 2016.
The updated draft rules have all the instructions and policy decisions taken upto the year 2015 and the redundant or obsolete rules or portion thereof have been deleted. The policy decisions taken by Government of India on any subject where the existing rules or instructions of Haryana Government are silent, have also been incorporated in the draft rules. Also, new terms created from time to time have been defined and compiled at one place. These rules will take care of any kind of litigation, financial or administrative irregularities and audit objectors.

According to these rules, every Government employee shall in the discharge of his official duties act in a courteous manner and shall not adopt dilatory tactics in his dealings with the public or otherwise.

The acts and omissions that amount to misconduct include willful insubordination or disobedience, whether alone or jointly with others, to any lawful and reasonable order of a superior; infidelity, unfaithfulness, dishonesty, untrustworthiness, theft and fraud, or dishonesty in connection with the activities of the Government or handling of its property; strike, picketing, gherao, striking work or inciting others to strike work in contravention of the provisions of any law or rule having the force of law.

Other such acts include gross moral misconduct, acts subversive of discipline, riotous or disorderly behavior during or after the office hours at any place; riotous and disorderly behavior during and after the working hours or in work place; negligence or neglect of work or duty amounting to misconduct- Habitual negligence or neglect of work; habitual negligence or neglect of work or duty; habitual absence without permission and over-staying leave and conviction by a Criminal Court. These acts and conduct have been inserted on the pattern of Central Government.

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According to the provisions relating to acceptance of gifts on weddings, anniversaries, funerals or religious functions, the government employee may accept gifts from his near relatives or personal friends having no official dealings with him, but shall make a report to the government if the value of such gifts exceed Rs 7,000 if the employee is holding a Group A post. In case of Group B post, this limit is Rs 4,000 and in case of Group C post, it is Rs 2,000. Similarly, it is Rs 1,000 for those holding Group D post.

In any other case, a Government employee shall not accept any gift without the sanction of the Government, if the value exceeds Rs. 1,500 in the case of a Government employee holding any Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ post. This limit is Rs 500 in the case of a Government employee holding any Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ post.

Sub-letting or misutilization of government accommodation shall be a misconduct. On investment in stock, share, debenture, an intimation shall have to be sent in the proforma to the prescribed authority.

Every Government employee shall submit declaration of property on his first appointment to any service or post; Annual Property Return as on 31st March of every financial year; and Property Return as and when he is directed by the prescribed authority showing particulars in detail, in the prescribed forms. The employee will also reveal his immovable property inherited, owned, acquired or held on lease or mortgage, by him or his spouse or any member of his family, either in their own name or in the name of any other person. The moveable/ immoveable properties either acquired by the members of the family of the employee from their own funds or inherited by them would not attract the provisions of this rule.

These rules were published in 1987 and since then these are in existence with certain amendments made from time to time. Most of the existing rules have, with the passage of time, become obsolete and some of these require revision due to non-incorporation of policy decisions taken by Haryana government on various subjects.

Amount of transaction in moveable property in his own name or in the name of family member has been revised from Rs 50,000 to two months basic pay. Conduct Rules shall now also be applicable to those who are on contract or daily wages.

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