IAS Officer Hits Back On J&K Govt's Social Media Gag Order, Says Will Now Update In Code

| December 29 , 2017 , 12:48 IST

Jammu and Kashmir government's gag order on the use of social media for its employees faced a rebuttal by IAS officer Shah Faesal who said that he would then use code language to update his Facebook account.

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday had issued an order barring its employees from using their social media accounts for any political activity. The first Kashmiri to top the civil services exam in 2009, Faesal, in a post on Wednesday in his native language said that from now onwards he would use code language to update his Facebook.

"Aazki peth kar ba code zubani manz update. Dapan Facebook chalawnus peth karun sarkaer mulaziman tal-paet shalakh (Now onwards I will update my posts in code language. It's being said the government officials using Facebook will have to face a canning," he wrote in Kashmiri.

However, Faesal added a second post several hours later when he said that Government employees should maintain a certain code of conduct when they use social media.

"But jokes apart, Government employees must observe a certain code of conduct while using social media. I mean good behaviour, nothing more. I have seen some teachers hurling invective, doctors abusing with freedom, officers getting into unsavoury arguments and engineers sharing indecent content, much to everyone's embarrassment. That is not acceptable. Even criticism has to be worded politely," the IAS officer said.