Withdraw ‘gag’ order, it is authoritarian and undemocratic: Tarigami

Jammu: CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today lashed at the Government for its order barring the government employees to use social media to express opinion on government policies.

Pertinently, government yesterday issued a diktat asking the government employees not use personal social media accounts for any political activity.

According to an order issued by the General Administration Department, the government has exercised the powers by provision to section 124 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, and amended the Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees Conduct Rules, 1971.

Terming the order authoritarian, Tarigami said that it exposes the ‘dictatorial’ and regressive mindset of the coalition BJP-PDP government.

“The Tuesday’s order issued by the state government imposing extensive restrictions on the use of social media by its employees, exposes the dictatorial and regressive mindset of the coalition BJP-PDP government.” Tarigami said.

“At a time when the government is claiming remarkable success in bringing the state, back on the tracks of normalcy; restricting the use of social media, not only belies its tall claims, it has  also the negative potential to further alienate a substantial proportion of the masses. Going by its own claim of improvement in the situation, the govt. should have initiated the process of withdrawing draconian laws like AFSPA, PSA etc already in place. Unfortunately it chose to curtail the freedom of expression of it’s nearly half a million employees.” he added.

Terming the measure highly undemocratic and arbitrary, Tarigami demanded that government must reconsider its decision and withdraw this authoritarian measure in order to avoid unrest in the ranks of its employees.


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