Former Intelligence Officers – The New Indian Express
Express news service
NEW DELHI: Retired officers who had worked in intelligence and security-related organizations reacted with cautious optimism to the Centre’s new rule aimed at preventing the leak of sensitive information. The amended retirement rules the Center notified on May 31 prohibit retired officials from some intelligence and security institutions from writing anything about their organization without prior permission.
Some officers that the New Indian Express contacted, said provisions already exist to punish retired security officers who share sensitive details in their writings, which could jeopardize national security. They say the changed rules were unnecessary and could stifle their right to free speech.
“With that rule comes a threat of termination of the pension. As a retiree, I would have given an impartial opinion on, say, the April 4 attack by the Naxals on our forces. But now, with these rules in place, I will no longer be able to say anything because it will sound like a criticism of security policy, ”said AK Sood, deputy chief of BSF.
OP Singh, former head of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), said the new rules appeared to be aimed at “retired officials who wrote their briefs and delved into the country’s security issue.” “This amendment risks depriving the younger generation of officers who are learning a lot from the writings of retired officers,” Singh said.