Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta has warned that there is a chance that important information could be leaked from the secretariat. He said that the officers should be instructed to be careful while handling E- files. Vishwas Mehta warned during the cabinet meeting that carelessness while handling the files could lead to the leak of important information.
More than half of the secretariat employees are working from home as part of lockdown restrictions. Chief Secretary pointed this out while warning about the leakage. However, some of the ministers stated that news is being leaked even from the office of the Chief Secretary. The ministers opined that it is easy to leak information without even downloading the files. They also instructed that the higher officials should exercise precaution in this regard.
Earlier, only officers in the position of undersecretaries and above had access to download E- files in their laptops. This access was provided to most officers after they started working from home.
The cabinet decided that only one person will handle the E- files from the ministers’ office. Privacy will be maintained in order to ensure that files do not get leaked from any section under the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary.