The Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964


No Government servant shall, except with the previous sanction of the Government, receive any complimentary or valedictory address or accept any testimonial or attend any meeting or entertainment held in his honour; or in the honour of any other Government servant:

Provided that nothing in this rule shall apply to -

(i) a farewell entertainment of a substantially private and informal character held in honour of a Government servant or any other Government servant on the occasion of his retirement or transfer or any person who has recently quitted the service of any Government; or

(ii) the acceptance of simple and inexpensive entertainments arranged by public bodies or institutions.

NOTE:- Exercise of pressure or influence of any sort on any Government servant to induce him to subscribe towards any farewell entertainment if it is of a substantially private or informal character and the collection of subscriptions from Class III or Class IV employees under any circumstances for the entertainment of any Government servant not belonging to Class III or Class IV, is forbidden.

Government of India Decisions:

(1) Public demonstrations in honour of Government servant – Clarification of the provisions contained in the Conduct Rules [MHA, OM No. 25/24/57-Ests. (A), dated 16.09.1957]
(2) Acceptance of gifts by Government servants on the occasion of their transfer or retirement – See Government of India Decision No. 2 under rule 13.
(3) Acceptance of awards by Government servants – Clarification regarding. [DOPT OM No. 11013/2/99-Estt. (A), dated 24.02.1999]
(3A) Acceptance of awards by Government servants [DOPT OM No. 11013/2/99-Estt. (A), dated 17.02.2000]