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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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Central Government to Launch ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ Scheme in a Bid to Curb Corruption

There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication

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An Indian agency distributing ration. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to curb corruption and dependence on one Public Distribution System (PDS) shop, the Central government will launch the ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme.

The scheme, according to Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan, will ensure that all beneficiaries especially migrants can access PDS across the nation from any shop of their own choice.

The Minister asserted that the biggest beneficiary of this will be those migrant labourers who move to other states to seek better job opportunities and will ensure their food security. “This will provide freedom to the beneficiaries as they will not be tied to any one PDS shop and reduce their dependence on shop owners and curtail instances of corruption,” the Ministry said in a statement.

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There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication. Wikimedia Commons

It added that in the next two months, beneficiaries of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be able to access the PDS shops. The objective of the department is to ensure that this is implemented nationally in a time bound manner.

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At present, the Integrated Management of PDS (IMPDS) is a system that is already operational in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura wherein a beneficiary can avail his share of food grain from any district in the state. Other states have also assured that IMPDS will be implemented at the earliest, the statement said.

There will also be the creation of a Central Repository of all RCs which will help in checking duplication. (IANS)