Assam government has been monitoring social media posts since December 9 this year

Guwahati: Witnessing a violent turnover of incidents with fake messages circulating all over social media on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Assam government has warned all its employees against posting anything regarding the embroiling issue on their social media handles.

Issuing a letter of warning to all its permanent and contractual employees of the same, the state’s department of elementary education has recently notified that disciplinary action under the Assam Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1964 will be undertaken against those employees who allegedly violate and indulge in political activities that are initiated by the government through social media posts like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.

The warning by the state government came in the wake of the widespread protests against CAA that spread out across Assam and Northeast in the past two weeks.

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Recently, addressing media, Assam health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that the state government has been constantly monitoring social media posts since December 9 and detected at least 206 posts that fuelled rumours and eventually led to a law and order situation across the state during the public protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act. So far, a total of 28 cases have been registered at police stations across the state for offensive and provocative social media posts during the anti-CAA protest in Assam.

On December 19, all government offices across the state wore a deserted look as all state government employees under the banner of Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad, the apex employees’ organisation, ceased their work to join the democratic protest against the new citizenship Act.

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