COVID-19 India News: DoPT issues guidelines for central government departments, ministries amid surge in cases

COVID-19 India News: DoPT issues guidelines for central government departments, ministries amid surge in cases File photo of Union Minister Jitendra Singh (Source: PTI)

New Delhi: In view of the unprecedented rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel has issued certain instructions or guidelines for strict compliance by Ministries and Departments of the Central government.

They have come into effect from Monday and will remain in force till April 30, 2021, or until further orders. Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, issued these guidelines as an Official Memorandum on Monday.

GUIDELINES FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

The physical attendance of the officers of the level of Under Secretary or equivalent and below to be restricted to 50 per cent of the actual strength. Secretary/HoD may regulate the attendance of officials and may, on administrative grounds, direct more officials to attend office. A roster may be prepared accordingly. All officers of the level of Deputy Secretary, equivalent and above are to attend office on a regular basis.

The officers and staff have been ordered to follow staggered timings, to avoid overcrowding in offices, as indicated below:

  • 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

All officials who do not attend office on a particular day are advised to make themselves available on telephone and other electronic means of communication at all times from their residence and work from home.

All officials residing in containment zones will continue to be exempted from coming to office till the containment zone is denotified. The persons with disabilities and pregnant women employees are exempted from attending office, but they will continue to work from home, until further orders.

As per earlier orders issued on April 6, 2021, all the eligible employees of the age of 45 years and above are advised to get vaccinated.

Proper cleaning and frequent sanitization of the workplace, particularly of the frequently touched surfaces may be ensured. Biometric attendance will continue to be suspended and physical attendance registers to be maintained until further orders.

All Ministries and Departments Offices, as well as the Central Government employees, are instructed to ensure strict compliance of instructions on Covid-appropriate behavior issued by Home Minister, Ministry of Health and DoPT from time to time.

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