As many as 11 outsourced employees working in the Khammam Municipal Corporation (KMC) in Telangana's Khammam have been shifted and their salaries reduced for allegedly filming videos on mobile app TikTok and chatting on different social media platforms during office hours, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Apart from being warned, KMC commissioner J Srinivasa Rao ordered shifting the 11 outsourced staff, both men and women, from their existing posts in the Corporation office, in addition to a reduction in their wages, the official said.
"However, the videos are old and were not shot in the last couple of days or yesterday. They are around two-month-old videos," the official told news agency Press Trust of India.
The staff in question was working at clerical-level jobs while some of them were also engaged in field-level work. They were allegedly found recording on the video-sharing app and chatting on social media groups during office hours, the official said.
The videos, which were circulated on different social media platforms, went viral and were also telecast by some TV channels also.
"We came to know about it following media reports and such staff has been given stern warning not to again indulge in such acts. A total of 11 staff members was involved and they all are outsourced employees," the official added.