Manipur govt issues gag order on teachers of govt colleges

Correspondents IMPHAL, Aug 12 | Publish Date: 8/12/2020 1:21:17 PM IST

Teachers of government colleges in Manipur have been restricted from expressing their opinions against government policies and programmess.

An office memorandum issued by director Khumanthem Diana Devi of university and higher education of government of Manipur on Tuesday (August 10) imposed a restriction on government college teachers writing or expressing their views on government policies and programmes in the media.

Staffs working in the university and higher education department are also included in the restriction imposed under section 9 of CCC (CCA) Rules, 1965.

The memorandum observed that, on several instances, some government teachers have been writing or expressing their views on the government policies and programmes in the media.

It said that it is likely to promote defiance of authority or amounts to adverse criticism of the government of the government policies or programmes.

The memorandum informed government college teachers and other staff working under the department that due  approval from the competent authority should be taken before publishing or making statements regarding any government policies or programmes in the media. 

It warned that appropriate disciplinary action may be initiated against them as per the relevant provisions of CCC (CCA) Rules, 1965 in case they failed to comply.

The directorate reproduced section 9 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 in the memorandum.

The rule states, “No government servant shall in (any radio broadcast, telecast through any electronic media) or any documents published in his own or anonymously, pseudonymously or in the name of any other person or in any communication to the press or in any public utterance, make any statement of fact or opinion: 

(i) Which has the effect of an adverse criticism of any current policy or action of the Central government or a state government; provided that in the case of any government servant included in any category of government servant specified in the second provision to sub-rule (3) of Rule 1, nothing contained in this clause shall apply to bona fide expression of views by him as an office-bearer of a trade union or association of government servants for the purpose of safeguarding the condition of service of such government servants or for securing an improvement thereof; or

(ii) Which is capable of embarrassing the relations between the Central government and the government of any state; or

(iii) Which is capable of embarrassing the relations between the Central government and the government of any foreign state; provided that nothing in this rule shall apply to any statements made or views expressed by a government servant in his official capacity or in the due performance of the duties assigned to him;”

Live discussion on government policies and programmes on local cable TV channels is a very popular programme in the state. In most of the programmes, teachers of government colleges and professors of university take part as experts.

Above all, many college teachers write articles on government policies and programmes in the local print media and in most of the cases, they pointed out flaws in policies and programmes.


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