Finance Minister Warns Employees of Action

The Finance Minster Arun Jaitley has warned employees of disciplinary action if they indulge in criticism of the government or its policies.

Finance Minister takes this decision after officers of Indian Revenue Service and All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers are protesting against decisions taken by the GST council which is led by Arun Jaitley on Goods and Service Tax.

Members of Indian Revenue services (Customs and Central Excise), All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association, All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers and All India Central Excise and Service Tax Ministerial Officers Association had participated in the protest to oppose some decisions taken by GST Council.

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Finance Minister said in a recent order,” Of late, it has been noticed that some associations or federations have commented adversely on the government and its policies. It may be brought to the notice of all associations or federations that if anyone indulges in criticism of the government and its policies, appropriate action (including disciplinary action) shall be taken.”

Any government servant criticise the govt policies or action of the government may lead to appropriate action.

The service rules says, “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.”

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Anup Srivastava, President of IRS (Customs and Central Excise), said their members are not adversely commenting on state’s policies by any way.

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