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The restrictions on government servants

Date: 05 June 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws


A new restriction has been put on officials of intelligence and security organisations after the centre amended the pension rules.



  • Officials who have worked in a certain security and intelligence establishment will not be allowed to write anything about their organisation without getting clearance.

  • This has been amended under Rule-8(3) (a) of CCS Pension Rules-1972. The organisation includes departments covered under second schedule of RTI act.

  • The information that is restricted from being shared includes those that affect integrity and sovereignty of India, strategic, scientific or economic interests or which would affect India’s relations with a foreign country.

  • The organisations that are included under second schedule of RTI act are IB, R&AW, NCB, CBI, Directorate of revenue intelligence, ITBP, CRPF and CISF.


Existing provisions

  • The current pension provisions are based on employee conduct after retirement. They have to follow certain rules after leaving organisation.

  • Grave misconduct includes disclosing plans or passwords, documents, files, sketch etc that was obtained during the course of service.


Need for amendment

It was found that some of the higher officials working in the government had written books that revealed information that could be branded ‘sensitive’.


Employment after retirement

A pensioner is restricted from taking employment for one year after retirement under the Rule 26, Death-cum-Retirement Benefits Rules.