Maharashtra government blocks two online trading sites in Mantralaya
January 8, 2010
Maharashtra government employees can no longer browse online trading sites from state headquarters Mantralaya. The state government has blocked two financial websites bseindia.com and moneycontrol.com.
"The government has blocked two online trading sites, as they were frequently being used by employees and they are not required for government work," an official from the information technology department told PTI.
The department has installed the system that would prevent the employees from accessing these two sites and making any transactions online, the official said.
The move was initiated after receiving several complaints from senior officials that some employees spent working hours in online trading, the official said. Some employees were also found playing games on office computers, he added.
"All the departments have welcomed the move of the government to block these sites, as use of these sites was affecting working hours of Mantralaya and quality of work," the official said.
Unhappy with the decision, an employee said that it was true that some people were doing online trading but it had never affected duty.
Justifying the ban, the official said that many corporate offices have already taken the initiative to block trading, gaming, porn and social networking sites.