Haryana removes ban on government employees joining RSSDate: 14 October 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws
The Haryana government has lifted a 54-year-old rule that prevented state government employees from joining or being associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Jamaat-e-Islami.
The restriction was first imposed on November 30, 1966 under the Service (Conduct) Rules of the state government.
The government during that time had felt that these were not merely cultural or social organisations. The ban was briefly lifted in 1975 but reimposed in 1980.
Reasons for the restrictions
To eradicate communal feelings
Prevent government employees from being biased
Actions against violation
Employees participating in the organisations or with their activities were liable to undergo disciplinary action.
Reasons for lifting ban
RSS or Jamaat-e-Islami is not political organisations registered with the Election Commission of India.
The MHA had already removed the ban from all government servants across the country from joining organisations including RSS/Jamaat-e-Islami.
Conditions in other states
In J&K, employees can be removed if they are associated with these groupings. The Jamaat-e-Islami is banned for five years under the provisions of UAPA.
RSS, Jamaat-e-Islami and 17 other organisations are banned for government employees in Rajasthan. Disciplinary actions can be taken if employees post in favour of these groups on social media.
Such rules existed in Madhya Pradesh as well. It was removed in 2006. There were reports that RSS members were prohibited from joining government services in Goa.
The Chhattisgarh government had withdrawn restrictions on joining RSS in 2015. The Himachal Pradesh government too removed the restrictions in 2008.