New Delhi: Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Forest Services (IFoS) officers will now be required to take prior permission from the Central Government before accepting gifts exceeding Rs. 5,000.
The recently amended rules for the three All India services have stated that the officers must notify the government if they accept gifts having value over Rs 25,000 from their relatives or friends. A member of the service may accept gifts from the above mentioned having no official dealings with them, on occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, religious events or funerals, provided the notification is made if the aforesaid value is exceeded.
Earlier, IAS, IPS and IFoS officers were needed to take government sanctions before accepting gifts crossing the value of Rs. 5000.
There are approximately 4,802 IAS, 3,798 IPS and 2,668 IFoS officers across the country with their sanction strength being 6,375, 4,728 and 3,131, according to the recently updated government statistics.