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Centre’s Coronavirus directive to all departments: Avoid crowding, do not name greater than 1/third low stage workers to workplaces

It is reiterated that the rules for attendance for officers/workers at ranges beneath deputy secretary, be strictly adopted, the ministry mentioned. (File photograph)

All central authorities departments had been on Thursday requested to make sure that greater than one-third of workers, beneath the extent of deputy secretary, weren’t referred to as to workplaces to keep away from crowding and to make sure secure social distancing norms, in accordance with a Personnel Ministry communique.

The transfer comes after it was observed that greater than one-third of officers/workers beneath deputy secretary stage are being referred to as to workplaces in some ministries/departments. “This might lead to undesirable crowding in the office jeopardising the preventive measures in place for containing the spread of COVID-19,” it mentioned.

It is reiterated that the rules for attendance for officers/workers at ranges beneath deputy secretary, be strictly adopted, the ministry mentioned. There are 48.34 lakh central authorities workers.

It referred to the revised tips associated to the continuing lockdown issued on April 15 by the Home Ministry, that present that each one officers of the extent of deputy secretary and above are to operate with 100 per cent attendance whereas 33 per cent of the remaining officers/workers are to attend workplaces as per requirement.

“The spirit of the guidelines is that crowding in the offices may be avoided and safe social distancing norms may be maintained,” the Personnel Ministry mentioned. It mentioned heads of departments (HoDs) could direct their officers/workers to attend workplace in staggered timings to additional keep away from crowding in workplaces/workspaces.

The Personnel Ministry had final month prompt three slots of staggered timings — 9AM to five.30 PM, 9.30 AM to six PM and 10 AM to six.30 PM– for the workers.

“Suitable roster may, accordingly, be drawn up by the HoD. Needless to say that officials/staff working from home on a particular day should be available on telephone and electronic means of communications at all times. They should attend office, if called for any exigencies of work,” it mentioned.

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