As the Pegasus spyware issue is hotly debated in the country, the Maharashtra government on Friday asked its employees to minimize the use of mobile phones during office hours, saying landlines are preferred.
The General Administration (GAD) order stated that mobile phones should be used only when necessary for official work.
The order said the indiscriminate use of mobile phones in the office tarnished the government’s image, without any reference to the ranks of spyware.
He added that texting should be used more often if mobile phones are to be used at all, and that conversations through these devices should be as little as possible.
The government said the use of social media via mobile devices during working hours should be limited.
The code of conduct also states that personal calls on mobile phones must be answered while leaving the office.
The order also stated that mobile phone conversations should be “polite” and conducted in a “low voice”, not forgetting about the people in the vicinity.
But calls from elected representatives and senior officials need to be answered promptly.
Mobile phones should be kept silent during formal meetings or inside the offices of senior officials.
The government also recommended avoiding browsing the Internet, checking messages, and using headphones in such cases.