SURKHET, March 26: As the officials of various ministries of the provincial government seemed too busy using Facebook instead of development works, Karnali Province has announced to ban Facebook during the working hours from Tuesday onward.
No officer working in any ministry of the province will be allowed to browse Facebook from Tuesday. "As of now, we have banned Facebook at ministries during working hours," said Chief Minister (CM) Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, adding, "We will soon implement this decision in the whole province."
Once the decision is implemented, CM Shahi hopes that officials will dedicate their time and energy working for the welfare of people and the province.
"This was necessary," added Shahi. On Sunday, CM Shahi held discussions with the internet service providers to ban Facebook at the workstations of provincial government. In Surkhet, Nepal Telecom, WorldLink, Subisu, Techmind and Surkhet Cable Net are providing internet service.
"The chief minister talked to us regarding banning Facebook," said Nawraj Pangali, chief of WorldLink, Surkhet, adding, "We have assured to help him implement his decision."
The provincial government will be sending an official letter to the ministries on Monday informing that Facebook will be banned from Tuesday. Reportedly, Facebook will be banned in the offices from 10 am till 5 pm.