THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: (KERALA): In a move that could spark off protests from various pressure groups, the state government has prevented government employees from becoming office-bearers of community or religious organisations, their trusts and societies.
The restrictions were brought in through major amendments to the Kerala Government Servants Conduct Rules 1960.
According to the Kerala Government Servants Conduct (Amendment) Rules 2014, government servants should not engage in activities related to money collection. Also, they should inform the government, if they are members of any charitable society, trust or organisation.
“No government servant shall, while associating with societies, trusts or organisations take part in any activity that involves collection of money or accept any subscription or other pecuniary assistance from any person or public or private entity,” says section 67A (3) of the amended rules under the title ‘Taking part in communal or religious activity.’
“No government servants shall be an office-bearer of any communal or religious organisation or of such trust of society. A government servant shall, within one month of his assuming charge as office-bearer of any scientific, literary or charitable society or of such trust or organisation, inform the government regarding the assumption of charge and if in the opinion of the government his continuance as such office-bearer is not in public interest, he shall resign from such office,” the amended rule said.
As per the notification issued by the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department on August 7, the amended rules will come into force at once.