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The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the country’s largest paramilitary force, has issued a new set of social media guidelines for its personnel. In this, personnel have been asked not to comment on controversial or political matters. It may be noted that the CRPF Headquarters in Delhi had issued two-page instructions last week. It said that “paramilitary personnel are resorting to social media platforms to address their personal grievances. Doing so is in violation of the CCS Conduct Rules 1964 and is liable to disciplinary action.”
A circular issued in this context said that new guidelines are being issued to sensitize and sensitize personnel against “cyber bullying and harassment”. The “what not to do” is explained in detail in the guidelines. It states that no employee shall disclose his exact posting and nature of work while working in any sensitive ministry or organization.
The CRPF circular said, “Don’t do anything on your internet social networking that damages the reputation of the government or your own; don’t comment adversely on government policies; don’t make political/religious statements in any public forum. Do not comment on any controversial, sensitive or political matters that may bother you.”
The guidelines state that employees should not write or post anything online under the influence of anger, malice or alcohol, and should not be bullied or discriminated against. It said, “Do not share anything through non-authorized platforms, even if it is unclassified or innocuous, such as manpower issues, promotions, local orders, etc. as such information may give opportunities to adversaries to gather intelligence.” ”
The “what to do” has also been clarified in the guidelines for CRPF personnel. e.g. “Be sure to know the difference between fact and opinion. Be sure to clarify (on social media platforms) that you are not representing the government’s position; always remember whether you are writing a blog, wiki, or any other He himself is responsible for writing anything on the platform.”