Centre resumes biometric attendance

DOPT has conveyed to all employees that work-from-home has officially ended

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Department of personnel and training (DOPT) has directed all employees in the Central ministries to come to office and that the period of work-from-home has ended. With this, DOPT has also informed all employees that from now on, the system of biometric attendance will also resume.

In an office memorandum sent to all employees on 16 February, DOPT says — referring to the earlier memorandum dated 31 January — that the suspension period of all biometric attendance has come to an end on 15 February and all employees are required to use the Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance control system (AEBAS) to mark their daily attendance following all COVID-19 preventive measures.

After the third wave hit India this year, with the rising number of cases in the capital, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension had directed all central government staff to reduce the employee capacity to 50 per cent.

Meanwhile, when all Central government employees resume work, they are all expected to follow COVID-appropriate behaviours— wash hands frequently, sanitise, wear masks, observe social distancing and so on, all the time.

During the third wave, pregnant women and Divyang employees (people with disabilities) were exempted from coming to the office. Apart from that, all employees below the level of Undersecretary had to maintain a 50 per cent staff capacity, wherein half the employees worked from home and half from office at a given time. All employees working from home had to make sure that they were available on call and other electronic communication devices at all times.

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