Govt Rules to use Social Media by Government employees of UT J&K

Attention is invited towards the instructions issued by General Administration Department J&K vide Circular No. 09-JK(GAD) of 2023

dated. 24.03.2023 to follow the directions for use of social media by the
Government employees of UT J&K, in terms of Government Order No. 1646-
JK(GAD) of217 dated. 26.12.20170.

Further the provisions relating to the issue incorporated in the Jammu and Kashmir Employees conduct Rules, 1971, are excerpted herein:

(i) Sub-rule (3) of Rule 13:

“(3) No Government employee shall, by any utterance, writing or
otherwise discuss or criticize in public or in any meeting of any
association or body any policy pursued or action taken by the Government
nor shall he in any manner participate in any such discussion or criticism.

(ii) Rule-I 8:

18. Criticism or Government.- No government employee shall, in any radio
broadcast or in any document published in his own name or anonymously,
pseudonymously or in the name of any other person or in any communication
to the press or in any public utterance make any statement of fact or opinion:

(i) Which has the effect of an adverse criticism of any current or recent
policy or action of the Government of India, Government of Jammu
and Kashmir or any other State Government;

(ii) Which is capable of embarrassing the relations between the
Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Government of India or
the Government of any other State in India: or

(iii) Which is capable of embarrassing the relations between the
Government of India or the Government of J ammu and Kashmir and
the Government of any Foreign State:

Provided that nothing in the rule shall apply to any statements made or
views expressed by a Government employee in his official capacity or in due
performance of the duties assigned to him.

Besides, the relevant legal framework that governs the social media
users in general and conduct rules which over-see the employees” conduct in
personal and professional life are enumerated as under:-
(1) Article 19 (2) of the Constitution of India, which deals with the right
to freedom of speech, also imposes reasonable restrictions.
(2) The Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees (conduct Rules,
These rules are applicable to all the Government employees of the
State of Jammu and Kashmir and give details on the conduct that is expected
of the employees in their personal as well as professional life. The rules list
out of the activities that are not to be carried out by the employees and
violation of the conduct rules can be punished under rule 30 of the Jammu and
Kashmir Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1956.

(3) The Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Classification, Control and
Appeal) Rules 1956:….. Read Full Rules Below Link….

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