Dharamshala, April 19 -- In an unprecedented and controversial move, the Himachal Pradesh higher education department has warned teachers, unions and employees against criticising the government.

A circular to this effect was issued by the director, higher education, Amarjeet K Sharma. Marked as 'very important', the circular is addressed to all deputy directors and heads of the institutions, including colleges and schools.

"It has been seen by the undersigned that teachers' unions and employees have been openly giving dissenting statements in newspapers and on social media platforms against the decisions taken by the central and state governments, which is in violation of the Central Civil Services Conduct Rules 1964, states the circul...