New Delhi: As there has been no dearth of criticism and a vast section of the Indian Revenue Service officers are annoyed and unhappy on the issue of GST, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) today wrote to all Principal Chief Commissioners, Chief Commissioners, Directors General Customs and Central Excise drawing their attention to instructions in the past asking all concerned to refrain from commenting adversely on Government and its policies.
CBEC, in its letter today has reiterated that instructions issued earlier by the Board on September 29, 2016 and October 10, 2016 should be followed scrupulously.
All the field formations have been directed by CBEC to ensure that the instructions to refrain from criticising the Central Government and its policies are brought to everyone’s notice. The concerned officers have been told that disciplinary action would be taken under Rule 9 of the Central Services (Conduct) Rules if anyone fails to follow these instructions.
On 29 September 2016, CBEC had issued instructions underscoring Rule 9 of Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 which reads as follows: “No government servant shall in any radio broadcast, telecast through electronic media or 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 of 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.’