Covid-19: Centre unveils work-from-home plan for Group B&C staff

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Personnel & Training has issued fresh instructions to government servants to prevent spread of coronavirus.

According to the official order, heads of department may ensure that 50 per cent of Group B and C employees are required to attend office every day, and the remaining 50 per cent staff should be instructed to work from home. All HoDs are advised to draft a weekly roster of duty for Group B and C staff and ask them to attend office on alternate weeks. While deciding the roster for ‘the first week, HoDs are advised to include officials who are residing in close proximity to their office or use their own transport to travel to the offices.

The DoPT has also staggered the working hours for all employees who attend office on a particular day. It is suggested that three groups of employees may be formed and asked to attend office as per the following timings: (a) 9 AM to 5.30 PM (b) 9.30 AM to 6 PM (c) 10 AM to 6.30 PM.

According to the order, the officials who are working from home on a particular day as per the roster drawn up should be available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times. They should attend office, if called for any exigency of work.

Meanwhile, health ministry officials have been told to identify guest houses under various government departments for quarantine purposes. Senior officials who are scheduled to leave station were instructed to stay put in their respective stations till further notice.

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