The Ladakh UT administration has warned its employees that they will be subject to stringent action if they share official information or documents with another person without approval.
Those employees who have responsibility to oversee the dissemination of information will be held personally responsible if any unauthorised sharing or communication of information takes place.
The general administration department (GAD) issued a two-page circular issued on March 1, stating that employees are not supposed to publish, post or release any information that is confidential or not public, to any person he/she is not authorised to communicate such document or information.
The circular also directed employees to refrain from creating an impression that they are officially speaking on behalf of the department in their personal social media activities.
The circular noted that the under-secretaries/deputy secretaries/officers on special duty/supervisory officers in field/directors/deputy commissioners will personally oversee all such dissemination of official information and will be held responsible for any such unauthorised sharing of information.
The circular further said that the administration is aware of the fact that government functionaries are increasingly disseminating official information without approval and are providing unauthorised access to non-government functionaries.
The circular reminded that government rules for its employees clearly mention that the sharing of any official information is prohibited. Rule 12 of the J&K Employees Conduct Rules, 1971, states that no government employee will share any official document or any part of the information to any government employee or any other person to whom he/she is not authorised to share such document or information.
The circular also noted that if any employee is found violating the Employee Conduct Rules then it could result in departmental action against him and the penalties provided in Rule 30 of the J&K Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1956, could be imposed. These penalties range from censure to dismissal from service.
After parting ways from J&K in 2019, the Ladakh region has witnessed many controversies on both the internal and external fronts. Last year, there were also protests in Ladakh demanding the Sixth Schedule of constitution of India for the region.