The Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964

No. 11013/2/2008-Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi, Dated the 12th February, 2008.


Subject: CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 - Acceptance of international awards by Government servants.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the provisions of rule 14 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and the instructions issued thereunder vide DOPT's Office Memoranda Nos. 11013/2/99-Estt. (A) dated 24.02.1999 and 17.02.2000 on acceptance of awards by Government servants and to say that it has been decided that wherever the proposals relate to acceptance of international awards by the Government servants the following guidelines shall also be kept in view while considering the grant of permission:-

(a) A Government servant should not strive to seek publicity or international recognition for securing such awards since such efforts could affect his functioning.

(b) Specific prior permission of the Government shall be obtained by the Government servant.

(c) Grant of permission shall be considered by the Government of India only in the case of proposals for acceptance of awards from foreign governmental organizations, international official bodies and academic institutions including universities.

(d) The requests made by Government servants for permission for acceptance of awards shall be examined by the administrative Ministry in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs.

(e) The existing instructions on deputation/delegation abroad/on the need for political clearance/FCRA clearance and approval of the Minister/Screening Committee may be kept in view while granting permission in the case of international awards.

(f) Awards having monetary component will be discouraged but awards/testimonials in academic/literary/scientific fields would be liberally permitted.

(g) If the award is accompanied by gifts or presents, the retention of the same by the recipient Government servant shall be governed by the instructions laid down in the then MHA's (OP&AR) O.M. No. 11013/4/76-Estt. (A) dated 27.08.1976.

2. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the above guidelines for the notice of all concerned for Information and compliance.

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India