No officer other than AHoD/HoD concerned is authorised to speak to media on issues related to functioning of depts, warns Nagaland govt amid COVID-19 crisis
Kohima: An advisory issued by Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy on Wednesday warned unauthorised government functionaries of giving interviews and statements to the media.
"A lot of confusion is being created in the minds of the people through media reports based on interviews and statements given by government functionaries who are not authorised to speak on behalf of the departments," it said.
All AHoDs and HoDs are directed to monitor no officer other than the concerned AHoD/HoD are authorised to speak to the media on issues pertaining to functioning matters of the respective departments.
It warned those violating the order of facing disciplinary action.
In a subsequent advisory, the chief secretary advised all government functionaries to submit their grievances to the authorities and "should be brought to the notice of the controlling officers who in turn will further take up such matters with the appropriate authorities".
It expressed discontentment over the government employees resorting to social media to view and broadcast their grievances. "Such actions only point to the fact that the posts are made with intents other than actually resolving the concerned issued," it said. Relevant rules are being examined for punitive actions, it added.
A separate notice from the chief secretary said that through the powers conferred by the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID- 19) Regulations, 2020, revealing the identity of the COVID-19 affected person(s) is a punishable offence.
It pointed that various confidential data related to COVID-19 have been leaked on social media by unscrupulous persons and that such offenders will, henceforth, be taken action against without any warning.