Insertion of New Clauses in rule 3 of the Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rules, 1964

Insertion of New Clauses in rule 3 of the Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rules, 1964 – Central Civil Services (Conduct) (Third Amendment) Rules, 2014:

(Department of Personnel and Training)


New Delhi, the 27th November, 2014
G.S.R. 845(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 and clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution, and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, namely :–

1.   (1) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Conduct) (Third Amendment) Rules, 2014.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2.  In rule 3 of the Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rules, 1964, in sub-rule (1), after clause (iii), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely:—
“(iv) commit himself to and uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and democratic values;
(v) defend and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, public order, decency and morality;
(vi) maintain high ethical standards and honesty;
(vii) maintain political neutrality;
(viii) promote the principles of merit, fairness and impartiality in the discharge of duties;
(ix) maintain accountability and transparency;
(x) maintain responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section;
(xi) maintain courtesy and good behaviour with the public;
(xii) take decisions solely in public interest and use or cause to use public resources efficiently, effectively and economically;
(xiii) declare any private interests relating to his public duties and take steps to resolve any conflicts in a way that protects the public interest;
(xiv) not place himself under any financial or other obligations to any individual or organisation which may influence him in the performance of his official duties;
(xv) not misuse his position as civil ‘servant and not take decisions in order to derive financial or material. benefits for himself, his family or his friends;
(xvi) make choices, take decisions and make recommendations on merit alone;
(xvii) act with fairness and impartiality and not discriminate against anyone, particularly the poor and the under-privileged sections of society;
(xviii) refrain from doing anything which is or may be contrary to any law, rules, regulations and established practices;
(xix) maintain discipline in the discharge of his duties and be liable to implement the lawful orders duly communicated to him;
(xx) maintain confidentiality in the performance of’ his official duties as required by any laws for the time being in force, particularly with regard to information, disclosure of which may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, friendly relation with foreign countries or lead to incitement of an offence or illegal or unlawful gain to any person;
(xxi) perform and discharge his duties with the highest degree of professionalism and dedication to the best of his abilities.”.
[F. No. 11013/6/20 l4-EsttA]

Rule 3 of the Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rules, 1964 before above amendment:-

3. General
(1) Every Government servant shall at all times–
(i) maintain absolute integrity;
(ii) maintain devotion to duty; and
(iii) do nothing which is unbecoming of a Government servant.
[Central Civil Services (Conduct) (Third Amendment) Rules, 2014]
(2) (i) Every Government servant holding a supervisory post shall take all possible steps to ensure the integrity and devotion to duty of all Government servants for the time being under his control and authority;
(ii) No Government servant shall, in the performance of his official duties, or in the exercise of powers conferred on him, act otherwise than in his best judgement except when he is acting under the direction of his official superior;
(iii) The direction of the official superior shall ordinarily be in writing. Oral direction to subordinates shall be avoided, as far as possible. Where the issue of oral direction becomes unavoidable, the official superior shall confirm it in writing immediately thereafter;
(iv) A Government servant who has received oral direction from his official superior shall seek confirmation of the same in writing as early as possible, whereupon it shall be the duty of the official superior to confirm the direction in writing.
Explanation I :- A Government servant who habitually fails to perform the task assigned to him within the time set for the purpose and with the quality of performance expected of him shall be deemed to be lacking in devotion to duty within the meaning of clause (ii) of sub-rule (1).

Explanation II :- Nothing in clause (ii) of sub-rule (2) shall be construed as empowering a Government servant to evade his responsibilities by seeking instructions from, or approval of, a superior officer or authority when such instructions are not necessary under the scheme of distribution of powers and responsibilities.

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