MP writes to CM asking for restrictions on fan pages of IAS and IPS agents

This is the second time in recent days that Mysuru MP Pratap Simha has raised the issue

This is the second time in recent days that Mysuru MP Pratap Simha has raised the issue

Mysuru MP Pratap Simha has called on Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to end the culture of ‘self-glorification’ of IAS and IPS officers through their various media handles social.

He wrote a three-page letter to the Chief Minister on the matter and called for a “comprehensive set of guidelines” to project the various social welfare programs undertaken by the Karnataka government.

This, the MP said, “will prevent high bureaucracy from misappropriating credit via social media platforms by wading into a completely off-limits area for self-aggrandizement”.

This is the second time in recent days that Mr. Simha has raised the issue. He had previously described the content of the IAS and IPS officers’ social media handles as “claims”.

Some fan pages and social media platforms were being used to peddle false stories which he said could lead to online harassment.

“Such a practice of obtaining false publicity should be discouraged. The government should develop a robust mechanism to keep an eye on the activities of some publicity-hungry IAS and IPS agents to prevent the misuse of social media platforms to promote the personal agenda of bureaucrats said Mr. Simha.

The MP claims a majority of citizens ‘agree’ with his view on the matter while a handful of people have questioned his motives. He said as elected representatives it was their “sworn responsibility” to provide factual information about the work being done in their respective constituencies.

Mr Simha sought to differentiate between each district’s official SP or DC account or alias, and said his limited argument was that their personal accounts and so-called fan pages, which are used to falsely enhance their images, should be deleted immediately.

Without naming names, he claimed to have encountered incompetent and corrupt IAS and IPS officers, but who managed to create a crusader image using social media. “Some … are arrogant, indifferent and corrupt in their personal lives, but use the false clean image as a cover to hide all their nefarious activities,” Mr Simha wrote to the Chief Minister.

In the letter, he claimed that some officers had hired professional advertising agencies to improve their careers and their image, and questioned the source of money to pay for these services.

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