Taking action against the leaking of confidential documents and information, the Punjab Government has banned the use of WhatsApp in all government offices.
The Ban is Immediate
Orders issued by the cabinet division on January 31st came into effect from Friday, 14th February. A letter was issued to all government departments directing all offices to immediately ban the use of WhatsApp and any similar social media applications during office hours.
This step has been taken as a result of the complaints received by the provincial authorities that offices and various departments have been using WhatsApp to exchange private and confidential documents. These documents were prone to leaks and would often find their way on other social media platforms. Various groups were rumored to be formed on WhatsApp where these documents were shared.
Even work-related communication wasn’t being done through official channels between various departments and offices.
Senior officials immediately took notice of the matter and issued orders through the Department of Services and General Administration to immediately refrain from using WhatsApp as it only hinders government procedures and introduces risks when dealing with sensitive matters.
The new order issued by the Punjab government instructs departments to share files and communicate via official customary channels effective immediately.