The central government has recently changed the rules and barred retired officers from writing on sensitive subjects. The government told Parliament that the move was taken “to save the country from harm”. The government had last month made changes in the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules barring retired officers of security and intelligence agencies from writing on sensitive subjects.
Retired officers from these agencies will not be able to publish the details related to the organization and the information received while working there without taking prior permission from the head of the organization.
The pension of the retired officer who violates this can be stopped.
Minister of State for Department of Personal and Training (DoPT) Jitendra Singh told Parliament that before this amendment, it was up to the officer to decide whether the material he published falls under the restricted category or not. If the officer felt that the material did not fall under the restricted category, he could get it published without taking prior permission from the government.
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“Later, if the government came to the conclusion that the content published falls under the restricted category, the country would have suffered by then. The rules have been amended to avoid such situations,” Singh said.
Some important information has been found in the books written by some retired officers of the army and intelligence agencies, which were sensitive from the security point of view of the country.
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