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Rajasthan: Government employees warned against expressing grievances on social media sites

February 1, 2018, 3:05 pm

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Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has warned its employees against using social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter for expressing grievances against their seniors and the government. The government may soon issue a circular, saying that direct action will be taken against government officers and employees who defame or abuse the government on social media. These government employees will be awarded a charge-sheet. The Department of Personnel (DoPT) in Rajasthan has prepared a proposal in this regard. The proposal will be submitted to the chief minister’s office (CMO) for approval. “We are in the process of preparing guidelines in this regard. Once they are finalized, we will submit them to the chief minister for approval. An order will be issued after getting a go-ahead from CMO,” said a DoP officer. The government had recently received many complaints against some senior officials including an IPS officer who are allegedly resorting to the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to express their grievances against their seniors and the establishment. This caused embarrassment to the state government, which in response has decided to frame guidelines in this regard. These officials will be chargesheeted and a department action will be initiated against them. A government officer confirmed the concern of the state government over these issues saying that the government wants the officers and employees to express their grievances internally rather than causing public embarrassment by using social media sites.

First published: September 6, 2017