Guidelines has been issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
in the wake of the third wave of the pandemic regarding attendance of central government officials.
Pregnant women employees and Divyang employees have been exempted from attending office. However, they will be required to remain available and work from home.
All officials and staff living in the Containment Zone shall also be exempted from coming to office till the time Containment Zone is denotified, he added.
Physical attendance of government servants below the level of Under Secretary has been restricted to 50% of the actual strength and the remaining 50% shall work from home. Roster will be prepared accordingly by all the departments concerned.
Officials/staff who are not attending the office and are working from home shall remain available on telephone and other electronic means of communications at all times.
Official meetings shall be conducted as far as possible through video conferencing. Similarly, personal meetings with visitors are to be avoided, unless absolutely necessary.
In order to avoid overcrowding in the office premises, the officials/staff shall follow staggered timings i.e., (a) 9 am to 5.30 p.m. and (b) 10 am to 6.30 p.m.
Meanwhile, DoPT has advised all the officers/staff to ensure strict compliance of COVID-appropriate behaviour i.e. frequent washing of hands/sanitisation, wearing face mask/face cover and observing social distancing all the time.
Proper cleaning and sanitisation of the workplace, particularly frequently touched surfaces, may also be ensured.
The guidelines issued as per the DoPT O.M. will remain in force till 31st January 2022. In the meantime, regular review will be carried out from time to time and the guidelines may be revised accordingly depending on the situation.
To access the OM, click here.
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