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West Pakistan Government Servants (Conduct)

Rules, 1966

RULES

CONTENTS

 

Preamble

1

Short title and commencement

2

Extent of application

3

Definitions

4

Repeal of previous Conduct Rules

5

Gifts

6

Acceptance of foreign awards

7

Public demonstration in honour of Government servants

8

Gift to medical officers

9

Subscriptions

10

Lending and borrowing

11

Buying and selling of valuable property, movable and immovable

11-A

Construction of building etc.

12

Declaration of property

13

Disclosure of immovable, movable and liquid

14

Speculation and investment

15

Promotion and management of companies etc.

16

Private trade, employment or work

16-A

Subletting of residential accommodation allotted by Government

16-B

Government servant not to live beyond his means, etc.

17

Insolvency and habitual indebtedness

18

Unauthorised communication of official documents or information

19

Approach to Members of the Assemblies etc.

20

Management etc., of newspapers or periodicals

21

Radio broadcast or television programme and communications to the press

22

Publication of information and public speeches capable of embarrassing Government

23

Evidence before Committees

24

Taking part in politics and elections

25

Propagation of sectarian creeds, etc.

26

Nepotism, favouritism and victimization, etc.

27

Vindication by Government servants of their public acts or character

28

Membership of service association

29

Use of political or other influence

30

Approaching foreign missions and aid-giving agencies

31

Delegation of powers

32

Rules not to be in derogation of any law etc.

The

West Pakistan Government Servants (Conduct)

Rules, 1966


1th  September, 1966

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In exercise of the powers conferred by paragraph (b) of clause (2) of Article 178 and clause (1) of Article 179 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the Governor of [West Pakistan] is pleased to make the following rules, namely:-


1. Short title, and commencement.-(1) These rules may be called the [West Pakistan] Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1966.


(2) They shall come into force at once.


2. Extent of application.–These rules apply to all persons, whether on duty or on leave, within or without [West Pakistan] serving in connection with the affairs of the Province of [West Pakistan] including the employees of the Provincial Government deputed to serve under the Central Government or with a Statutory Corporation or with a non-Government employer, but excluding-


(a) members of an All Pakistan Services serving in connection with affairs of the Province;


(b) employees of the Central Government or other authority deputed temporarily to serve under the Provincial Government; and


(c) holders of such posts in connection with the affairs of the Province of [West Pakistan] as the Provincial Government may, by a notification in the official Gazette, specify in this behalf.


3. Definition.-(1) In these rules, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context-


(a) ‘Government’ means the Government of [West Pakistan];


(b) ‘Government Servant’ means a person to whom these rules apply;


(c) ‘member of a Government servant’s family’ includes-


(i) his wife, children and step-children parents, sisters and minor brothers, residing with and wholly dependent upon the Government servants; and


(ii) any other relative of the Government servant or his wife, when residing with and wholly dependent upon him; but does not include a wife legally separated from the Government servant, or a child or step-child who is no longer in any way dependent upon him, or of whose custody the Government servant has been deprived by law; and


(d) ‘Province’ means the Province of [West Pakistan].


(2) Reference to a wife in clause (c) of sub-rule (1) shall be construed as reference to the husband where the Government servant is a woman.


4. Repeal of previous Conduct Rules.–The following rules in so far as they applied to the persons to whom these rules apply are hereby repealed but such repeal shall not affect anything done or suffered under those rules:-


(i) The Government Servants Conduct Rules, issued by the late N.W.F.P. Government;


(ii) The Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1950, issued by the late Punjab Government;


(iii) The Bahawalpur State Servants Conduct Rules;


(iv) The Sindh Civil Services Conduct, Discipline and Appeal Rules in so far as they concern the conduct of Government Servants.


5. Gifts.– [(l) Save as otherwise provided in this rule, no Government shall, except with the previous sanction of Government, accept, or permit any member of his family to accept, from any person any gift the receipt of which will place him under any form of official obligation to the donor. If the offer of a gift cannot be refused without giving undue offence, it may be accepted and delivered to Government for decision as to its disposal].


(2) If any question arises whether receipt of a gift places a Government servant under any form of official obligation to the donor, the decision of Government thereon shall be final.


(3) If any gift, is offered by the head or representative of a foreign State, the Government servant concerned should attempt to avoid acceptance of such a gift, if he can do so without giving offence. If, however, he cannot do so he shall accept the gift and shall report its receipt to Government for orders as to its disposal.


[(4) Officers of the rank of Secretaries to the Central Government may accept gifts offered abroad or within Pakistan by institutions or official dignitaries of foreign Governments of comparable or higher level, provided that the value of the gift in each case does not exceed [Rs. 50]. If the gift is capable of being used in a Government office or department or at official residence, it should be used accordingly. If the gift cannot be so used, the Government servant may retain it for his own use].


6. Acceptance of foreign awards.-No Government servant shall except with the approval of the Governor of West Pakistan accept a foreign award, title or decoration.


Explanation.-For the purposes of this rule, the expression ‘approval of the Governor’ means prior approval in ordinary cases and ex post facto approval in special cases where sufficient time is not available for obtaining prior approval.


7. Public demonstration in honour of Government Servants.- No Government servant shall encourage meetings to be held in his honour or presentation of addresses of which the main purpose is to praise him.


8. Gift to medical officers .–Subject to the departmental rules in this behalf, a Medical Officer may accept any gift of moderate value offered in good faith by any person or body of persons in recognition of his professional services.


9. Subscriptions.-No Government servant shall, except with the previous sanction of Government, ask for or accept or in any way participate in the raising of any subscription or other pecuniary assistance in pursuance of any object whatsoever.


10. Lending and borrowing.-(1) No Government servant shall lend money to, or borrow money from, or place himself under any pecuniary obligation to, any person within the local limits of his authority or any person with whom he has any official dealings:


Provided that a Government servant may-


(i) deal in the ordinary course of business with Joint Stock Company, bank or a firm of standing or the House Building Finance Corporation;


(ii) accept a purely temporary loan of small amount, free of interest, from a personal friend or the operation of a credit account with a bona fide tradesman.


(2) When a Government servant is appointed or transferred to a post of such a nature that a person from whom he has borrowed money or to subject to his official authority, or will reside, possess immovable property, or carry on business within the local limits of such authority, the Government servant shall forthwith declare the circumstances, when he is a Gazetted Officer, to Government through the usual channel, and where he is a non-gazetted Government servant, to the head of his office.


(3) This rule, in so far as it may be construed to relate to loans given to or taken from Co-operative Societies registered under the Cooperative Societies Act, 1925 (Sindh Act VII of 1925), or under any law for the time being in force relating to the registration of Co-operative Societies, by the Government servants shall be subject to any general or special restrictions or relaxations made or permitted by Government.


[11. Buying and selling of valuable property’, movable and immovable.-(1) Save in the case of a transaction conducted in good faith with a regular dealer a Government servant who intends to transact any purchase, sale or disposal by other means of movable or immovable property exceeding in value [Rs. 5,000] (five thousand rupees) with a person residing, possessing immovable property of carrying on business within the station, district or other local limits for which such Government servant is appointed, shall declare his intention to the Head of the Department or the Secretary to the Government, as the case may he, when the Government servant concerned is himself the Head of Department or Secretary to the Government, he shall declare his intention to Government through the Secretary of the A.D. concerned. Any such declaration shall state fully the circumstances, the price offered or demanded and, in the case of disposal otherwise than by sale, the method of disposal. Thereafter such Government servant shall act in accordance with such orders as may be passed by Government:


Provided that all transactions with a person who is an official subordinate of the Government servant should be reported to the next higher authority.


[Explanation. -In this sub-rule, the term ‘property’ includes agricultural or urban land, bonds, shares and securities but does not exclude a plot purchased for building a house from a Co-operative Housing Society or a Government Housing Scheme, or bonds; shares or securities purchased from the approved security market, a semi-Government institution or through public offer by a company].


(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1), a Government servant who is about to quit the station, district or other local limits for which he has been appointed may, without reference to any authority, dispose of any of his movable property by circulating lists of it generally or be causing it to be sold by public auction.


[11-A. Construction of building, etc.– No Government servant shall construct a building, whether intended to be used for residential or commercial purposes, except with the previous sanction of Government obtained upon an application made in this behalf disclosing the source from which the cost of such construction shall be met].


[12. Declaration of property. -(1) Every Government servant shall, at the time of entering Government service make a declaration to Government, through the usual channel, of all immovable and movable properties including shares, certificates, securities, insurance policies, cash and jewellery having a total value of Rs. 10,000 (ten thousand rupees) or more belonging to or held by him or by a member of his family individually or collectively and such declaration shall-


(a) state the district within which the property is situated;


(b) show separately individual items of jewellery exceeding Rs. 10,000 (ten thousand rupees) in value; and


(c) give such further information as Government may, by general or special order, require.


(2) Every Government servant shall submit to Government, through usual channel, an annual return of assets in the month of December showing any increase or decrease of property as shown in the declaration under sub-rule (1) or, as the case may be, the last annual return.


13. Disclosure of assets, immovable, movable and liquid.– A Government servant shall, as and when he is so required by Government by a general or special order, furnish information as to his assets disclosing liquid assets and all other properties, immovable and movable, including shares, certificates, insurance policies, cash, jewellery].

 
14. Speculation and investment.-(1) No Government servant shall speculate in investments. For the purpose of this sub-rule, the habitual purchase and sale of securities of notoriously fluctuating value shall be deemed to be speculation in investments.


(2) No Government servant shall make, or permit any member of his family to make, any investment likely to embarrass or influence him in the discharge of his official duties.


(3) No Government servant shall make any investment the value of which is likely to be affected by some event of which information is available to him as a Government servant and is not equally available to the general public.


(4) If any question arises whether a security or an investment is of the nature referred to in any of the foregoing sub-rules, the decisions of Government thereon shall be final.


15. Promotion and management of companies, etc.– No Government servant shall, except with the previous sanction of Government, take part in the promotion, registration or management of any bank or company:
Provided that a Government servant may subject to the provisions of any general or special order of Government take part in the promotion, registration or management of a Co-operative Society registered under the Co-operative Societies Act, 1925 (Sindh Act VII of 1925), or under any similar law.


16. Private trade, employment or work.-(1) No Government servant shall, except with the previous sanction of Government, engage in any trade or undertake, any employment or work, other than his official duties:
Provided that he may, without such sanction, undertake honorary work of a religious, social or charitable nature or occasional work of a literary or artistic character, subject to the condition that his official duties do not thereby suffer and that the occupation or undertaking does not conflict or is not inconsistent with his position or obligation as a Government servant; but he shall not undertake or shall discontinue such work of so directed by Government. A Government servant who has any doubt about the propriety of undertaking any particular work should refer the matter for the orders of Government .
[Provided further that a non-Gazetted Government servant may, without such sanction, undertake a small enterprise which absorbs family labour and where he does so shall file details of the enterprise alongwith the declaration of assets.].


(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1), no Government servant shall associate himself with any private trust, foundation or similar other institution which is not sponsored by Government.


(3) This rule does not apply to sports activities and memberships of recreation Clubs,


[16-A. Subletting of residential accommodation allotted by Government. ‘No Government servant shall, except with the prior – permission of the Head of the Department, sublet residential accommodation or any portion thereof let him by Government.

16-B. Government servant not to live beyond his means, etc.-No Government servant shall live beyond his means or indulge in ostentation on occasions of marriage or other ceremonies].


17. Insolvency and habitual indebtedness.-(1) A Government servant shall avoid habitual indebtedness. If a Government servant is adjudged declared insolvent or if the whole of that portion of his salary which is liable to attachment is frequently attached for debt has been continuously and attached for a period of two years, or is attached for a sum which in ordinary circumstances, he cannot repay within a period of two years, he shall be presumed to have contravened this rule unless he proves that the insolvency or indebtedness is the result of circumstances which, with the exercise of ordinary diligence, he could not have foreseen or over which he had no control and has not proceeded from extravagant or dissipated habits.


(2) A Government servant who applies to be or is adjudged or declared insolvent shall forthwith report his insolvency to the Head of the office or Department or to the Secretary of the Administrative Department; as the case may be in which he is employed.


18. Unauthorised communication of official documents or information. -No Government servant shall, except in accordance with any special or general order of Government, communicate directly or indirectly any official information or the contents of any official document to a Government servant not authorised to receive it, or to a non-official person, or to the Press.

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