After gag, Govt orders creation of social media cells

Published at December 30, 2017 12:34 AM 0Comment(s)18363views

Cells to function in office of DyCM, CS 

After gag, Govt orders creation of social media cells

Mansoor Peer

Srinagar, Dec 29:

Days after government directed employees not to use social media sites for political posturing and inflammatory content, it has ordered the creation of Social Media Cells in the office of Deputy Chief Minister and Chief Secretary to reach out to people.

As per the order of General Administration Department (GAD), the sanction was accorded to the creation of Social Media Cells in the office of Deputy Chief Minister and Chief Secretary.

For the appointment of officials who will man these cells, it was also ordered that a search committee under the chairmanship of Director, Information, was being constituted.

The Committee would work out the modalities for the functioning of these Social Media Cells and its other members would be State Information Officer, NIC, Additional Secretary Information Technology department, Additional Secretary General Administration Department and Additional Secretary Home Department. The GAD has ordered that the Search Committee shall submit its report to GAD.

GAD Secretary, Khursheed Ahmad Shah, said that the “The search committee will help to appoint the people. The committee is meant for it. It is not linked to any other thing. It is just to assist Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister to handle the activities whatever is going around and they need to be updated what is happening."

Earlier government Tuesday placed riders on the use of social media sites. It issued guidelines to regulate the usage of social media by employees and ordered them to refrain from using social media accounts for any political activity and posting of inflammatory content.

An order was issued by the General Administration Department to curb activities of employees.
In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to section 124 of the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, government said that the Governor has made amendment in the Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees Conduct Rules, 1971.

It ordered that “ no government employee shall engage in any criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government.”

It further ordered that the employees shall “not use their personal social media accounts for any political activity or endorse the posts or tweets or blogs of any political figure and also shall not use their accounts in a manner that could reasonably be construed to imply that the government endorses or sanctions their personal activities in any matter whatsoever.”

The GAD further ordered that the employees “shall also not post inflammatory, extraneous messages in an online community with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on topic discussion.”


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