Government employees barred from social media
In an apparent bid to prevent leak of official information and documents, the government has barred all government employees from using social media platforms.
A notification issued by the Establishment Division on Aug 25 says no government servant can participate in any media platform except with the permission of the government.
The notification says that instructions are not intended to discourage any constructive and positive use of social media by a government organisation for engaging the people to solicit feedback on a government policy, suggestions for improvement in service delivery and resolution of their complaints.
But such an organisation shall maintain their social media platforms continuously or frequently to remove offensive, inappropriate and objectionable remarks.
The notification gave detailed instructions to government employees under Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1964, governing participation of government servants in different media forums including social media platforms for compliance.
“Rule 18 of the Rules bars a government servant from sharing official information or document with a government servant or a private person or press,” the notification added.