When the employees at Khammam Municipal Corporation (KMC), Telangana, were found video recording their own singing, dancing and pranks during work hours and uploading the same onto the video-sharing platform, TikTok, they were transferred.
Not only were the employees, including women, shifted, their wages were also reduced as punishment for this offence. The move re-emphasised the fact that a government office was meant for serious work and that any casual approach towards work by government officials will not be tolerated.
The videos, which were shot in the office during duty time, went viral on social media and were also reportedly telecast by some television channels.
It was following the media reports that KMC decided to take stern action against the offending employees, all of whom are outsourced staff.
TikTok is an iOS and Android media app that helps users create and share short talent videos involving comedy and lip-syncing.
Incidentally, the downloading of the TikTok app is banned in India since April this year, even though it is the most popular app on Google play store.
The ban followed the discovery that the app was being used to spread pornographic and sleazy content among youngsters. Muthu Kumar, an advocate and social activist, filed a plea in the Madras High Court on 1 April, demanding that it be banned as it was capable of spreading inappropriate content and also exposed children to paedophiles.