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Taming corruption: Civil servants need to take permission before accepting gifts over Rs. 5,000

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The gift rules for the civil servants have been tweaked, as now they need to take Centre’s permission before accepting gifts over Rs. 5,000.

The recently modified all India Service rules also state that the officers may accept gifts from close relatives and friends with whom they do not have any official dealings on functions such as weddings, anniversaries, funerals and religious events. However, the government must be kept in loop if the officers accept gifts worth more than Rs. 25,000 from their friends or relatives.

The rules also state that free transportation, boarding and lodging or financial benefits given by a person other than close relative or friend having no official business with the member of the service will be regarded as a gift. However, the rules declare that casual lift, casual meals or other social generosity do not come in the ambit of gifts.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has notified the All-India Services (Conduct) Amendment Rules, 2015.

“The rules have been amended and ministries concerned have been told to bring them into the notice of all IAS, IPS and IFoS officers,” a DoPT official said.

He also added that, “(Earlier), they were to inform government after receiving gifts from near relatives, friends, or on occasions such as wedding, anniversaries, funerals and religious functions if their value exceeded Rs 5,000.”

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The United States Of America Drops Out Of Top 20 Corrupt Countries

For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom.

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U.S. President Donald Trump is seen through his transparent teleprompter as he speaks during the Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 17, 2019. VOA

A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.

Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”

She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”

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Caravans from Central America have inflamed the debate over U.S. immigration policy, with U.S. President Donald Trump using the migrants to try to secure backing for his plan to build a border wall on the frontier with Mexico., VOA

“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.

The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.

“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.

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Bulgarian anti-corruption protesters march during a demonstration in downtown Sofia, VOA

Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom. (VOA)