Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar
In a first Jammu Kashmir government has terminated the services of Dr Amit Kumar, registrar at government medical college Jammu for his Facebook post violating the recently issued SRO 525 which bars a government employee from writing on social media against the government.
In an order issued by the Government Medical College Jammu on March 15, the services of Dr Amit Kumar have been terminated after: “He used his personal social media account (Facebook) and commented with the intent of provoking readers.”
The termination order reads: “Whereas Dr Amit Kumar furnished an affidavit at the time of joining as Registrar (Anaesthesia), where upon he has solemnly affirmed and declared that in case of any misconduct or negligence on his part, his engagement shall be terminated.”
The order claims to have issued a showcause notice to Amit Kumar on March 12, giving him two days to explain his position after which he has now been terminated.
As per SRO 525 issued in December last year: “No government employee shall engage in any criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government.”
“They shall also 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. They shall also not post inflammatory, extraneous message in an online community with the intent of provoking readers into emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on topic discussion,” the SRO reads.
Pertinently, the termination order of Amit Kumar qoutes SRO 525 for disengaging him from government service.
However, no official was available to comment on these developments.