Dealing VIP references received on service matters according to guidelines contained in DOPT OM dated 31.08.2015
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs
New Delhi, the 28 June, 2022
Subject:- VIP references received on service matters in CBIC- regarding
The undersigned is directed to say that a number of officers of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) have been submitting their representations on service matters through other authorities bypassing prescribed channel of communication. In this regard, DoP&T has issued instructions vide O.M. no. 11013/08/2013-Estt. (A-III) dated 31.08.2015 which was circulated to all Cadre Controlling Authorities under CBIC vide Board’s letter dated 03.02.2020 (copy enclosed)
2. The DoP&T O.M. dated 31.08.2015 stipulates that such submission of representation has to be viewed seriously and appropriate action should be taken against those who violate these instructions. This can nightly be treated as unbecoming conduct attracting the provisions of Rule 3(1) (i) of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1964. It has also been clarified that this would include all the forms of communication including through e-mail or public grievance portal, etc.
3. Further, the provisions of Rule 20 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules 1964, prohibit Government servants from bringing outside influence in respect of matters pertaining to his service. Representation by relative of Government servant is also treated as outside influence as clarified vide MHA OM no. F 25/21/63-Estt.(A) dated 19.09.1963.
4. All the Cadre Controlling Authorities under CBIC are requested that these instructions may be brought to the notice of all Government officials/ Officers working under CBIC and appropriate disciplinary action may be taken against those who violate these instructions.
(Avneesh Partap Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel No 23095528
Encl: As above
All Cadre Controlling Authorities under CBIC
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