Frames rules regarding use of social media by government employees
SRINAGAR: The government has come up with an elaborate set of guidelines regarding the use of social media by
government employees in Jammu and Kashmir.
A circular in this regard has been issued by the General Administration Department which reads, An elaborate set of guidelines regarding the use of social media by government employees have been notified for strict adherence/compliance vide Government Order No. 1646-JK(GAD) of 2017 dated 26.12.2017. Further, the provisions
relating to the issue incorporated in the Jammu and Kashmir Employees Conduct Rules, 1971, are excerpted herein.
As per the circular, Employees, directly or indirectly, shall not publish, post or release any information on social media that is considered confidential or that is not meant for public dissemination, nor shall they pass any official document or any part thereof to any Government employee or any such person to whom he is not authorized to communicate such document or information.
– No Government employee shall, through any post, tweet or otherwise, discuss or criticize on social media, any policy pursued or action taken by the Government, nor shall he/she, in any manner, participate in any such discussion or criticism on social media pages/communities/ microblogs.
– No Government employee shall post, tweet or share content that is political or anti-secular and communal in nature or subscribe to pages, communities or twitter handles and blogs of such nature.
See Order Copy: https://thedispatch.blob.core.windows.net/thedispatchimages/2023/03/Social-Media-Guidelines.pdf
– No Government employee shall himself/herself or through any person dependent on him/her for maintenance, or under his care or control, undertake any such activity on social media which is, or tends directly or indirectly to be, subversive of the Government as by law established in the Country on in the Union territory.
– Government employee may, for the purpose or removing misapprehensions, correcting mis-statements, and refuting disloyal and seditious propaganda, defend and explain to the public the policy of Government in his posts and tweets on social media.
– Government employees shall not post on social media, any such content or comments about co-workers or individuals, that are vulgar, obscene, threatening, intimidating or that violate the conduct rules or employees.
– No Government employee shall post grievances pertaining to their workplace on social media in the form of videos, posts, tweets or blogs or in any other form, but will follow the already established channels of complaint redressal existing in the departments.
– Government employees shall not indulge in sharing/partaking in so- called giveaways and contests on social media platforms, which are actually scams in disguise, as they could unknowingly spread malware or trick people into giving away sensitive data by sharing it on their profiles.
What are the punishments, the following penalties may, for good and sufficient reason and as
hereinafter provided, be imposed upon members of a service, namely Censure, fine not exceeding one month’s pay; withholding of increments and/or promotion; reduction to a lower post and/or a lower time-scale and/or to a lower stage in time-scale; recovery from pay of the whole or part of any pecuniary loss caused to Government by negligence or breach of orders.
Premature retirement on proportionate pension other than that specified in rule 226 (2) of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Regulations. Removal from the service of the State which does not disqualify from future employment; dismissal from the service of the State which ordinarily disqualifies from future employment.