01/09/2015 10:50 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Central Government Employees Get A Warning: 'Face Action If You Complain To The Prime Minister'

In this June 4, 2014 photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second left in front, interacts with bureaucrats before their meeting in New Delhi, India. The top civil servants in in India's labyrinthine bureaucracy these days, are spending their evenings paging through dictionaries, frantically looking up words. The dictionary searches stem from an order by new Prime Minister Modi: All official work must now be done in Hindi, the language spoken by about 45 percent of India's 1.2 billion people. In a country with as many as 22 official languages many question Hindi's dominance. (AP Photo)

NEW DELHI—All central government employees, including officials of Army and paramilitary forces, were on Monday warned of "action" if they raise service matters related grievances to the Prime Minister, directly.

Warning employees, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said such submission of representations directly to other authorities by-passing the prescribed channel of communication, has to be viewed seriously and appropriate disciplinary action should be taken against those who violate these.

As per these instructions, wherever a government servant wishes to press a claim or seek redressal of a grievance, the proper course is to address his immediate official superior or head of his office who is competent to deal with the matter in the organisation.

Writing to higher authorities, can rightly be treated as an unbecoming conduct, it said in a directive.

"In spite of these instructions, it has been observed that all government servants continue to represent directly to the prime minister and other higher authorities," the DoPT said. It is reiterated that the instructions may be brought to their notice and "action taken against those who violate these instructions", it said.

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