Finance Ministry warns employees of action for critising govt policies
The order said failing to comply with its instructions �may lead to appropriate action (including disciplinary action)�.
Amidst the warning to employees of disciplinary action, if they criticise the government or its policies, the members of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has launched a protest against certain decisions taken by the GST Council led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Goods and Services Tax.
“Instructions have been issued in the past wherein it has been impressed upon all concerned to refrain from commenting adversely on the government and its policies,” the Ministry stressed in a recent order.
The order said failing to comply with its instructions “may lead to appropriate action (including disciplinary action)”.
“No government servant shall, in any radio broadcast, telecast through any electronic media or in any document published in his own name or anonymously, pseudonymously or in the name of any other person or in any communication to the press or in any public utterance, make any statement of fact or opinion which has the effect of an adverse criticism of any current or recent policy or action of the central government or state government,” reads the service rules.
Certain members of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers, All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association and All India Central Excise and Service Tax Ministerial Officers Association had recently participated in a symbolic protest to oppose some decisions taken by the GST Council.
“We are not commenting adversely on State policies. We fully agree with this (recent directive) letter. Government should be supported for all the rightful causes in the interest of the nation. The officers of CBEC have been working tirelessly for last ten years on GST. Therefore, the concern of the services need to be addressed for smooth and successful implementation of the GST,” President of IRS (Customs and Central Excise) officers association, Anup Srivastava, said.
Srivastava added: “it has already been pointed out earlier by us that out of 150 countries, GST has failed in more than 100 countries”.
“We do not want any glitches in the successfully roll out of GST. Therefore, it is our duty as Constitutionally-bound officers of Government of India to bring to the notice of the decision makers the probable glitches. It is up to decision makers to take a final call,” he remarked.