Chapter 5: SERVICE
CONDITIONS FOR CIVIL SERVICE: CONDUCT RULES
Conduct rules state the principles that the government expects
from its employees. It applies to both his personal life and
official life. If such rules are violated then he may face
warning, departmental actions and disciplinary proceedings.
Inquiry officer hears both sides and sends his findings to
the disciplinary authority. The court case on the same
matter is going on the department can still continue its
proceedings. Similarly an employee can be punished for the
same offence i.e. if he is found guilty of delaying
clearances and punished the same record can be used to delay
his promotion later.
Constitutional protection is present:
- A civil servant can't be dismissed or reduced in rank by
an authority subordinate to the one that appointed him.
- He has to be given a reasonable opportunity to defend
- President can remove the officer on grounds of national
security without following the standard procedure.
The investigating officer can accept evidence usually not
admissible in courts like tape recorded evidence, hearsay,
circumstantial evidence and accomplice testimony.
No question of territorial jurisdiction applies here i.e.
even if misbehavior in a foreign country then to action can
Minor penalty: fine, censure, recover
loss, withhold increment or promotion.
Major penalty: dismiss, reduce rank,
compulsory retire, removal.
Conduct rules affecting official life
- He should apply his best judgment to work. He should
obtain written orders for proceeding but not when they are
not necessary in scheme of work distribution.
- He should not bring outside influence on superior and
must ensure subordinates show integrity.
- He should utilize all internal grievance redressal
before seeking outside help.
- He should not wilfully delay work.
- He should not remain absent without authorization,
engage in charity work during office hours, engage private
person to do his work.
- He must not discriminate against working women.
- He can join authorized unions only and must not go on
- He must not accept any honor or attend any ceremony or
rally for his validation without permission.
- He can't file a defamation suit without permission.
- He shouldn't be involved in any politics or criticise
- He can only disclose official information as per law.
- He can't accept money from private sources for service
given without government permission. He shouldn't be
involved in lending money for interest.
- He can't promote agencies of family or relatives. He
shouldn't lease official accomodation to third party.
- Movable or immovable property should be disclosed.
Conduct rules affecting personal life
- He must not be involved in dowry harassment, engage
child labor, bigamy [needs government permission if
allowed under personal law], neglect of family.
- He can't use drugs or come to work under influence of
- He can't accept gifts from people involved in official
- He shouldn't promote family or children to be employed
in private agencies dealing with him in official capacity
without government permission.
- He needs to inform if working under relatives.
- He needs to inform of arrest or detention. If in custody
for more than 48 hours then automatic suspension; hour
limit not applicable in dowry related cases.
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