Gandhinagar, July 22
Gujarat DGP Shivanand Jha on Tuesday issued a code of conduct for police personnel concerning their use of social media platforms.
The intention behind the order is to limit police personnel posting something in opposition to the federal government or the police drive or any criticism of both.
Jha issued the code of conduct below the provisions of clause 3 (1) of the Police Force (restrictions of rights) Act, 1966, which restricts police personnel’s freedom of speech granted below article 19 of the Constitution.
The order states that it ought to be carried out in order that the police personnel don’t put up something which violates the restrictions and drive below the regulation.
Moreover, the police personnel ought to make sure that whereas posting something on such platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or YouTube, or forwarding and re-tweeting, the posts don’t violate the foundations and legal guidelines framed below the provisions of the Official Secrets Act, Information Technology Act, 2000 and in addition the Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008.
The code of conduct stipulates that the police officers and workers ought to chorus from making any political statements or contain themselves in political actions. They shouldn’t be part of such teams on social media platforms that are shaped endorsing any sort of agitation, marketing campaign or strikes shaped for a selected faith, caste, sub caste or any particular strata of the society.
The order additionally raises considerations concerning the duties of the police drive. It says that there ought to be no posts which criticises the police division or the state authorities or make public statements concerning the identical on social media platforms.
When the social media is getting used formally, there ought to be no private opinion expressed on it. While posting something personally, the personnel ought to make clear that their stand or assertion on authorities actions are usually not official and that they’re posting it of their private or particular person capacities. IANS