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The Congress party in Manipur strongly reacted to a government office memorandum setting its officials to exit from social media groups within 48 hours.

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The Manipur government, in an office memorandum issued on August 10, asked its employees to leave social media groups that are “furthering separatist, anti-national, communal and divisive agenda” by 6 pm of August 12.

“It is a clear violation of the rights to information given to the citizens by the constitution of India,” said Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) leader K Meghachandra on August 11.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of party’s ‘Ajadi ki Gaurav Yatra’ in Kakching district on August 11, Meghachandra observed that social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook etc. are helpful in keeping updated about the news and events happening in the state and other parts of the globe.

The MPCC leader said that banning government employees from participating in social media groups is nothing but violation of one’s rights given under the Constitution of India.

He added that such violation of rights of the citizens was not the first time since the BJP came to power in the country. There were many instances of the BJP government violating the rights of freedom of speech of the media and right to information of the citizens, he further added.

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The move of banning the employees participating in the social media group amounts to suppressing the freedom of expression and the right to information of the employees, he said.

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