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Gift Giving In India

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Here’s what ethiXbase says about gift-giving regulations for public officials in India:


Gift-giving legislation can be found in the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968.

Government employees cannot accept a non-approved gift whose value exceeds Rs. 1,000 (US$17.80).

Exceptions are made for gifts from relatives and personal friends with whom the employee has no official dealings, on occasions such as weddings and anniversaries. Employees must report any gift whose value exceeds Rs. 5,000 US$88.92).

Employees cannot accept lavish and/or frequent hospitality from people with whom they have official dealings, or from industrial or commercial organizations.

Employees are prohibited from accepting any meeting or entertainment held in their honor. Exceptions are made for private, informal entertainments held to mark the retirement or transfer of a government official. Civil servants are not allowed to pressure colleagues into participating in farewell entertainments.

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