On Tuesday, the Central Government has increased the monetary limits for all its employees for accepting gifts, relaxes the mark by more than three-fold, said the officials.
All officials under the category of Group “A” and “B” shall not accept any gift without the permission of the government if the value exceeds Rs. 5000, they said, refers to recently amended rules.
Similarly, Group “C” employees are allowed to accept gifts up to Rs. 2000 instead of Rs. 500 without government sanctions.
Government employees under Group “A” category are senior officials, and Group “B” could be either non-gazetted or gazetted officials. Most clerical and multi-tasking jobs fall under Group “C”.
Government officials have stated that the limits were revised to bring them on par with those for all government services – Indian Police Service, Indian Administrative Service, and Indian Forest Service.
Gifts included free boarding, free transport, lodging or other pecuniary advantages when offered by ant person other than a close relative or friend having no official dealings with the government servant.
As per the existing rules, a casual lift, meal, or other social hospitality is not granted as a gift.
The government has further removed the limit of Rs. 1000 for employees to receive gifts from foreign dignitaries.
A Personnel Ministry Orders reads, “A government servant, being a member of the Indian delegation or otherwise, may receive and retain gifts from foreign dignitaries in accordance with the provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Acceptance or Retention of Gifts or Presentation) Rules, 2012, as amended from time to time.”
According to the existing rules, a government servant is not allowed to accept any gifts from a foreign firm, which is contracting with the government or one with which the government servant had, it is likely to have official dealings.