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Ensure high ethics, political neutrality: Govt tells employees

All central government employees have been asked to ensure high ethics, political neutrality and take steps to resolve any conflicts in a way that protects the public interest, as per the amended service rules.

The Modi-government has issued 18 new commandments for its employees and asked them to maintain responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section of the society.

The Central Civil Services (Conduct) (Third Amendment) Rules, 2014, notified by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) recently, also make it mandatory for employees to “make choices, take decisions and make recommendations on merit alone”.

Every government servant shall at all times maintain high ethical standards and honesty, political neutrality, promote the principles of merit, fairness and impartiality in the discharge of duties, maintain accountability and transparency, maintain responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section and take decisions solely in public interest and use or cause to use public resources efficiently, effectively and economically, the amended rules said.

They should also maintain courtesy and good behaviour with the public, commit himself to and uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and democratic values, defend and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, decency and morality, and declare any private interests relating to his public duties and take steps to resolve any conflicts in a way that protects the public interest, it said.
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