State Govt employees violating govt order on social media use

JK News Today

Jammu, March 04:

Violating the strict order of Jammu and Kashmir State Government on commenting on sensitive issues and political quotes or statements on social media sites many State Government Employees are still commenting openly and there is no check on this.

It is worth mentioning that on December 26, 2017, PDP-BJP coalition government issued guidelines for use of social media by its employees, the government cautioned its staff members against updating posts which are “illegal and anti-national and political.”

Implementing the order then, the General Administration Department (GAD) said that any violation of the directives empowers it to dismiss the accused employees from service, pre-maturely retirement, withhold their promotion or salary increments and even demote them to lower positions. But almost after two months of the implementation of the order, nothing much has changed and many government employees, especially in the rank of gazatted posts are still using social media sites like facebook and whatsapp during duty hours and also uploaded their political views and many concerning matter.

As the order was issued by state government’s GAD department, it is responsible to keep a check on the same, but there is no proper check and order is being openly violated.

The order was issued for the first time in J&K, came at a time when people are seen increasingly participating in discussions on various controversial issues.

The state government has invoked J&K civil service rules to warn the employees of punishment in case of violation of the guidelines, but nothing has been done so far.

The Commissioner Secretary, GAD  Khurshid Ahmed Shah, said, “CID is keeping a tap on this. However, till now we have not received much complaints regarding violation of this order.

“But, we will definitely see into it and take action if any government employee or officer found violation government’s order regarding comments or sharing of political views on social media,” added Shah, when asked many are still active and uploading comments regularly.

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