Kiran Bedi Cancels CM’s circular: The cold war between Puducherry lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi and chief minister V Narayanasamy has become more tensed after Bedi cancelled a circular issued by the government directing not to use social media for official work.
The “circular dated January 2 of the department of personnel and administrative reforms (personnel wing) has been issued in contravention of guidelines, rules and policies in force and is hereby declared null and void with immediate effect”, Bedi said in an order.
If Puducherry has to be a progressive UT it cannot be retrograde in communications. Hence @CM_Puducherry's order stands cancelled:@PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/26RzCcuJIM
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) January 5, 2017
Bedi posted a copy of order on Twitter
She also posted a copy of the order on her official Twitter account, saying, “If Puducherry has to be a progressive UT, it cannot be retrograde in communications. Hence @CM_Puducherry’s order stands cancelled:@ PMOIndia.”
In a video sharing on Twitter, Kiran Bedi said the circular went against centre’s policy of using social media for government work.
It is the policy of the Union government to use social media for government official purposes. He (CM) disbanded it (WhatsApp groups) and everyone left. He issued a written circular banning the use of social media. He does not know that he does not have the powers to do so,” Bedi said in a video posted on Twitter.
“How can a Union Territory administered and supported by the Union government, and I as an administrator, issue such as an order? It is contrary to the Union government’s policies. Our PM says communicate, collaborate, coordinate, share, implement and redress grievances,” she said.
Kiran Bedi Cancels CM’s circular: After a circular issued by CM, all the officials left the WhatsApp group
The circular issued on January 2, undersecretary M Kannan said the CM had ordered all government officers to stay away using social media for official work “. “No group shall be formed for official communication and they should not be members of any official group run in such social media nor interact with seniors, bypassing the administrative hierarchy and routine official channel,” the circular said.
The circular issued just after Bedi suspended a PCS officer A S Sivakumar for sharing an offensive video in an officiWhatsApp group.