New Delhi, March 19: Citing the Service Rules Order (SRO), the Jammu and Kashmir govt has removed a doctor of the Government Medical College (GMC) from the post of Registrar for an ‘anti-government’ post on Facebook. The doctor named Amit Kumar was terminated for pointing out J&K Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat. Also Read - This Facebook Robot Walks on Power Lines to Install Fibre-Optic Cable
In a Facebook post on March 10, Bhagat had said that he had inaugurated a new lift at the hospital but Kumar contradicted him saying it was an old lift. Notably, Kumar had been appointed for three years on contract to serve at the GMC Jammu. Also Read - After Opening Parks, Jammu And Kashmir to Open Tourism in Phased Manner From July 14 | Check Guidelines
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Contrary to Kumar, the college administration, in an order dated March 15, said it had terminated the “engagement of Dr Amit Kumar, Registrar” as he “used his personal social media account (Facebook) and commented with the intent of provoking readers”.
“SRO 525, whereupon no government employee shall use their personal social media accounts for any political activity or endorse the posts or tweets or blogs of any political figure and also shall not use their accounts in a manner that could reasonably be construed to imply that the government endorses or sanctions their personal activities in any manner whatsoever. They shall also not post inflammatory, extraneous messages in an online community with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on topic discussion,” the order cited.