Govt. changes rules regarding gifts’ permission for IAS, IPS and IFS Officers

 Know the price an IAS officer can now take gifts. Govt. has changed the rules

New Delhi: Acceptance of gifts from foreign dignitaries has been a big debate from the decades. There was 50-year-old rule regarding the acceptance of gifts. Now, Modi Govt. has changed the rule regarding the acceptance of gifts from the foreign dignitaries when they were members of the Indian Delegation.


New Delhi: The central government has amended a 50-year-old rule to allow IAS, IPS and IFS Officers. Under the existing rules, these officers were allowed to take gifts from their close relatives or friends or close acquaintances  on occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, funerals and religious ceremonies. However, it was mandatory that the giving should be in accordance with the prevailing religious and social practice. The new rule suggests that if the value of the gift is more than Rs 25,000 then the government has to inform about it.

 

Earlier the limit of gift was 5 thousand

According to the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968 applicable to officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS), "No member of the Service shall, without the sanction of the Government, shall not accept the gift, if the value of the gift exceeds Rs.5,000." Avoid accepting.

 

Now, the limit is exceeded to  25 thousand

The Ministry of Personnel has now amended the fifty years’ rules and inserted a new sub-rule under section 11 of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968. The recently amended rule states that a member of the Service, being a member of the Indian delegation or otherwise, may receive gifts from foreign dignitaries in accordance with the provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regarding the Acceptance or Keeping of Gifts or Presents) Rules, 2012.

 

Gifts received from abroad get deposited in Toshakhana of the Ministry of External Affairs

In March, 2020, The Personnel Ministry had sought comments of state governments on the proposed rules. States were asked to send replies by 31 March 2020 failing which "the State Government shall be deemed to have no objection to the proposed amendments." Gifts received from foreign dignitaries, whether known or unknown sources, usually deposited in the Toshakhana of the Ministry of External Affairs.