Odisha Govt Issues Stricture For Officers On Media Interaction

30 October 2019


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Wednesday has asked its officers not to talk to the media without taking prior permission of the Government. In a circular in this connection, the General Administration (GA) Department has asked all secretaries, RDCs, department heads and District Collectors to follow the directive and pass on the message to officers reporting to them.

General Administration (GA) Secretary Sanjeev Chopra has issued the letter to all Government officers. Earlier, in June 2017, the GA department had issued a similar circular to the officers.

“It has come to the notice of the government that despite specific regulatory provisions in the Odisha Government Servants’ Conduct Rules, 1959 and instructions there under, some government servants on occasions have been making statements in print, electronic & social media without adherence to the Rule in place, which is a violation of the code of conduct for government servants,” Chopra said in his letter.

According to the Rules, Government servants cannot engage in any kind of communication or publication with the media unless they are authorized by a competent authority.

Chopra instructed all the government servants to comply with the instructions in this regard and also maintain due restraint in writing, releasing contents, statements to print & electronic media, participate in the public meetings, discussions on themes and issues when they intact with media in their official capacity.

“The deviation of the Conduct Rules by government servants may be reviewed from time to time followed by appropriate disciplinary action to deter deliberate misconduct,” Chopra's letter read.