Haryana Lifts Ban on Government Employees From Taking Part in RSS Activities

Haryana government on Monday withdrew two orders, issued in 1967 and 1980, that restrained its employees from taking part in the activities of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), PTI reported.

In an order issued on Monday, the general administration department said, “With the coming into effect of the Haryana Civil Services (Government Employees’ Conduct) Rules, 2016, government instructions dated May 2, 1980 and January 11, 1967, are hereby withdrawn with immediate effect as they are no longer relevant.”

This decision means that Haryana government employees can now take part in RSS activities.

This withdrawal incited a strong reaction from the Congress which has asked if the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar dispensation was running a “BJP-RSS pathshala“.

Tagging the administration order, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala tweeted, “Now, Haryana employees are free to take part in activities of the Sangh (RSS)… Are they running a government or a BJP-RSS Pathshala”.

In April 1980, the then general administration department of Haryana’s chief secretary’s office issued orders that restrained state government employees from any association with RSS activities.

Earlier to that, in January 1967, the political and service branch of Haryana’s chief secretary’s office had issued an instruction stating that government employees who participated in RSS activities would invite action under the service rules.

The two orders restraining government employees from taking part in the Hinduvta activities had remained in force until now.

(Inputs from PTI)

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