JK links employee salaries with Facebook inactivity

Dec 30th, 2017 | By | Category: New

New candidates to produce social media non-involvement certificates 

Srinagar: The J&K government has decided to link the salaries of its employees with their social media “inactivity” to strengthen its new social media policy.

Employees will now have to get a No Objection Certificate from respective disbursing officers about their Facebook and Twitter activity before their salaries can be drawn, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said today.

“The Drawing and Disbursing Officers will determine if the employee’ activity or inactivity has been in line with government policy. Only then the salaries will be disbursed,” Drabu said, calling the step as a major digital leap under the pay and accounts system.

The government has also decided to seek non-involvement certificate (NIC) on social media from new candidates applying for government jobs.
A notification issued by General Administration Department (GAD) has asked state’s recruitment agencies including Services Selection Board (SSB) and Public Service Commission (PSC) to seek NICs from the applicants.

“The applicants have to submit the NIC certifying that he/she doesn’t have a twitter or facebook account in his/her name and that they don’t use any other social media to highlight their views,” Simrandeep Singh, chairman SSB told Dapaan.
According to GAD notification, state’s police department would be authorised to issue the NIC.
Defending the move Drabu said the move amounts at “nipping the evil in the bud”.
“It is an act of streamlining the whole system to ensure no contrary or free-thinking individuals creep into government service,” Drabu said. “Instead of making employees accountable for their social media views later on, why not filtering them right at the doorstep.”

Drabu said the government was in talks with Indian Home Ministry to prevail upon social media giants like Twitter and Facebook to open up counters in Srinagar and Jammu to issue NIC to the aspiring candidates.
“Right now police would be issuing such certificates but we are hopeful that for the convenience of youth, we will soon get counters from Facebook and Twitter for the job,” Drabu said. “After all their professionals too can check from their database and issue NICs to candidates intending to apply for the government job.”

Meanwhile, PDP has hailed the government’s efforts of making NIC mandatory for the government job seekers.
“Social media is a distraction and people should really be thankful to Mehbooba Mufti for helping the younger generation to get rid of this menace,”  Sartaj Madni, PDP vice-president said. “With this one move, the youth would no more be wasting their precious time on the social media. Why should our young generation think, when we have a Mufti’s Sahib’s vision to guide us.”

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