Centre asks J&K to take action against Faesal for tweet

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/11/2018 12:48:50 PM

SRINAGAR, Jul 10: The central government has asked the state government to initiate departmental action against IAS topper Shah Faesal for what it said violating the All India Services (conduct rules) through a tweet.
In an order, the general administration department of Jammu and Kashmir government said that Faesal, who is currently on study leave outside India, has “allegedly failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of your official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of a public servant”.
A departmental inquiry has been initiated against 2010 batch IAS officer Shah Faesal for an April 22 tweet. A letter that received by him on email on Tuesday, states “The department of personnel and training, Government of India, a copy of communication along with its enclosures, in which several references have been made by you in which contents are prima facie in contravention of the extant provisions of all India services (service rules).”
Sharing the order on his Twitter, Faesal called for the need to change the service rules.
“Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I'm sharing this to underscore the need for a rule,” he tweeted.
Speaking to a national daily, Faesal said, “these are people who are used to the most primitive interpretation of the service rules, people who don’t understand the spirit of times we are living in.” He added that as an officer “I don’t think this warrants any action. Rape is not part of government policy that criticism of rape would mean criticism of government policy and invite action. If it’s so then I plead guilty.”
His earlier tweet was a sarcastic take on the social ills of the country. It said, “Patriarchy+Population+Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technolocy+Anarchy = Rapistan”. He is currently on a fellowship abroad.

 

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