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State Government. This would not only ensure more effectiveness of the Protection Officers but will also help them in carrying out their duties. Hence, the word ‘may’ has been replaced by “shall’ in the recommendation. 4. Appointment of an Advisory Board Section 8B (4) allows for the appointment of an advisory board to assist the Dowry Prohibition Officers in discharging functions. The appointment of such advisory boards should be made mandatory for the State Government. This would not only ensure more effectiveness of the Protection Officers but will also help them in carrying out their duties. Hence, the word ‘may’ has to be replaced by ‘shall’ in the recommendation. Separate rules laying down the constitution and the manner of functioning of such advisory boards must be formulated. The overall objective behind the appointment of the Advisory Board is to ensure that the provisions of the Act are complied with. It is suggested that the Advisory Board may comprise of the following: The District Magistrate as the Chairman A Representative from the police An Advocate Representatives from the social sector The Advisory Board so constituted should act in an advisory capacity to the Protection Officers. This Board will also be effective in monitoring the functions of the Protection Officers and ensuring accountability. The Protection Officers can seek the help of the members in carrying out his functions under the Act. It shall be the duty of the Protection Officer to submit a monthly report to the board regarding the number of dowry complaints received and the action taken by the respective Protection Officers. The members of the board shall analyze this report and a comprehensive report stating the progress of the state towards the eradication of dowry may be presented to the State Government by the advisory boards. 7. Insertion of new section 8C-Duties of the Government Recommended Section 8 C The Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 specifically prohibits government servants from giving and taking Dowry or abetting the giving and taking of Dowry 1 .Rule
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133 13A of the Central Civil services (Conduct) rules lays down: No government servant shall – (i) Give or take or abet the giving and taking of Dowry or (ii) Demand directly or indirectly, from the parents or guardians of a bride or bridegroom, as the case may be, any Dowry. Explanation – For the purpose of this rule, dowry has the same meaning as in the Dowry prohibition Act, 1961. A similar provision has also been enacted in the Indian Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968. However at present, there is no provision under the DPA to ensure the accountability of the government to spread awareness against the practice of dowry. To this extent, public servants who hold positions of responsibility should lead the campaign against dowry as models to be emulated. The cue for the insertion of a provision in this regard may be taken from the Kerala Dowry Prohibition Rules. In order to counter the growing menace of dowry, the Kerala State Government made it mandatory
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