The Government Employees National Confederation, a body affiliated to the right-wing Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi follow the example of the Keshubhai Patel-led BJP government in Gujarat who in 2000 lifted the ban on participation of State government employees in the activities of the RSS.
The Confederation wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi on October 20 that Central Civil Services (Conduct) rules should be amended.
“The RSS is a social service organisation and many Government employees may be interested in joining social activities. Due to this ban and the fear of disciplinary action, they are not able to lend their hand in a genuine cause of nation-building,” Sadhu Singh, Secretary General of the Confederation said.
He appealed to the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry concerned to issue necessary amendments permitting the government employees to participate in “nation-building activities.”
He pointed out that the Keshubhai Patel-led BJP government in Gujarat had lifted the ban that was in force through the Union Government guidelines.
The ban on Central government employees from associating with the RSS was first imposed by an order on November 30, 1966.
In a further detailed order by the Indira Gandhi government, employees were banned from promoting or assisting a meeting of the RSS or even attending such meetings. They were barred from supporting the organisation in any way.
The 1975 notification also said that any person who contravenes any of the provisions of the above order was punishable with imprisonment up to seven years, or with fine or both.
The ban was briefly lifted, as per the confederation’s letter during the Janata Party government. But the Congress government re-imposed it in 1980.