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Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1964

 

Sections

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 movable and immovable property

 

12

Declaration of immovable property

 

13

Disclosure of assets, immovable and liquid

 

14

Speculation and investment

 

15

Promotion and management of companies, etc

 

16

Private trade, employment or work

 

17

Insolvent and habitual indebtedness

 

17-A

Intimation of involvement and conviction in a criminal case

 

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 broadcasts and communications to the Press

 

22

Publication of information and public speeches capable of embarrassing the Government

 

22-A

 

 

23

Evidence before committees

 

24

Taking part in politics and elections

 

25

Propagation of sectarian creeds, etc

 

25-A

Government servants not to express views against Ideology of Pakistan

 

25-B

Government servants not to take part in or assist, any public demonstration against Government decisions etc

 

26

Nepotism, favouritism and victimization, etc

 

27

Vindication by Government servants of their public acts or character

 

28

Membership of service associations

 

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

 

 

 


GOVERNMENT SERVANTS (CONDUCT)

RULES, 1964

5th June, 1964

In exercise of the powers conferred by paragraph (a) of clause (2) of Article 178 and clause (1) of Article 179 of the Constitution and of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make the following rules, namely:-


I. Short title mid commencement.-(1) These rules may he called the Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1964.


(2) They shall come into force at once.

 
2. Extent of application.-These rules apply to every person, whether on duty or on leave within or without Pakistan, serving in a civil capacity in connection with the affairs of the Center and to the members of an All-Pakistan Service during their employment under the Provincial Governments or while on deputation with any other Government, agency, institution or authority:


Provided that the Central Government may, by a notification in the official Gazette, exempt any class of Government servants from the operation of all or any of these rules.


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


(a) ‘Government’ means the Central Government and in respect of officers of All-Pakistan Service serving in Province, the Provincial Government;


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


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


(i) his wife, child or step-child, whether residing with the Government servant or not; and


(ii) any other relative of the Government servant or his wife, when residing with an wholly dependent upon the Government servant,
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.


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

4. Repeal of previous Conduct Rules.-The Government Servants Conduct Rules made under section 96-B of the Government of India Act, I’m, and the Secretary of State Service (Conduct) Rules, 1942, made under sections 247(1), 250 and 269 of the Government of India Act, 1935 in so far as they applied to the person to whom these rules apply are hereby repealed, hut such repeal shall not affect anything duly done or suffered under those rules.


5. Gifts–[(1) Save as otherwise provided in this rule, no Government servant shall, except with the previous sanction of the 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, however, due to very exceptional reasons, a gift cannot he refused, the same may, under intimation to the Cabinet Division, he kept for official use in the Department or Organization in which he is working]; and


(2) If any question arises whether receipt of a gift places a Government servant under any form or official obligation to the donor, the decision of the Government thereon shall he 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 the Establishment Division for orders as to its disposal.


[(4) Government servants are prohibited from receiving gift of any kind for their person or for members of their families from diplomats, consular and other foreign Government representatives or their employees who are stationed in Pakistan. If, however, due to very exceptional reasons, a gift cannot he refused, it should invariably be deposited in the Toshaknana.


(5) Government servants, except those belonging to Grades 1 to 4, are prohibited from accepting cash awards offered by the visiting foreign dignitaries. In case, however, it becomes, impossible to refuse without causing offence to the visiting dignitary, the amount may be accepted and immediately deposited in the Treasury under the proper head of account. ;


(6) The responsibility for reporting the receipt of a gift shall devolve on the individual recipient. All gifts received by a Government servant, irrespective of their prices, must be reported to the Toshakhana in the Cabinet Division. However, the responsibility for reporting to the Cabinet Division receipt of gifts, including the names of recipients, from foreign dignitaries or delegations who come to Pakistan or when Pakistan dignitaries or delegations go abroad, shall lie with the Chief of Protocol or his representative in the former case, and with the Ambassador concerned in the later case. In the case of foreign delegation or visiting dignitaries with whom the Chief of Protocol is not associated, the Ministry sponsoring the visit shall be responsible to supply the details of gifts, if received, and the list of recipients to the Cabinet Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


(7) The value of gifts shall be assessed by the Cabinet Division and the monetary limits up to which and the condition subject to which, the gifts may he allowed to be retained by the recipient shall be as follows :–


(a) gifts valued up to Rs. 1,000 may be allowed to be retained by the recipient;


(b) gifts valued between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 5,000 may be allowed to be retained by a recipient on his paying 25% of the value of the gift in excess of Rs. 1,000 ; and


(c) gifts of value exceeding Rs. 5,000 may, be allowed to be retained by a recipient in his paying 25% of so much of the value as exceeds Rs. 1,000 hut does not exceed Rs. 5,000 and 15% of so much of the value as exceeds Rs. 5,000.


6. Acceptance of foreign award.-No Government servant shall, except with the approval of the President, accept a foreign award, title or decoration.
Explanation.-For the purposes of this rule, the expression ‘approval of the President’ 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.-(1) 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.


(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1)-


(a) a Government servant may, with the previous permission of his next higher officer, take part in the raising of funds to be expended for any public or charitable purpose ;


(b) a Government servant may take part, with the previous sanction of the Government in the raising of funds to be expended for any public or charitable object connected with the name of any other Government servant or a person who has recently quitted the service of the Government;


(c) the Head of a Pakistan Mission abroad while so posted, may attend a public meeting or entertainment held in his honour.


(3) When a Government servant takes part in the raising of funds in accordance with the provision of clauses (a) and (6) of sub-rule (2) he shall he required to keep regular accounts and submit them to his next higher officer for scrutiny.


(4) Clauses (a) and (b) of sub-rule (2) shall not apply to officers of the Police Service of Pakistan and the Pakistan Taxation Service.


8. Gift to medical officer.-Subject to the departmental rules governing the question, 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. ‘Subject to rule 7, no Government servant shall, except with the previous sanction of the Government, ask for or accept or in any way participate in the raising of any subscription or other pecuniary assistance 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 the above rule shall not apply to dealing in the ordinary course of business with a joint stock company, hank or a firm of standing.


(2) When a Government servant is appointed or transferred to post of such a nature that a person from whom he has borrowed money or to whom lie has otherwise placed himself under-a pecuniary obligation will be. subject to his official authority, or will reside, possess immovable property, or carry on business within the local limits of such authority, tie shall forthwith declare the circumstances to the Government through the usual channel.
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Non-gazetted Government servants shall make the declaration referred to in sub-rule (2) to the head of their office.


(4) This rule, in so far as it may he construed to relate to loans given to or taken from cooperative societies registered under the Co-operative Societies Act, 1912 (II of 1912), or under any law for the time being in force relating to the registration of Cooperative Societies, by the Government servants, shall, be subject to any general or special restrictions or relaxations made or permitted by the Government

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