Union Minister Jitendra Singh has announced that all Central government employees will be required to attend office from 7 February, 2022. The decision was made after observing the decline in the number of coronavirus cases.
As per a statement by Singh, the pandemic situation has been reviewed and a decline in the number of infections has been observed. The positive rate has dipped, and therefore, “it has been decided that full office attendance shall be resumed from tomorrow and employees at all levels, without any exemption, shall attend office on a regular basis with effect from February 7, 2022”.
However, all the offices will have to follow strict Covid protocol and employees will continue to wear masks at all times while they’re indoors.
On January 31, the Central government had extended the work from home option for 50 per cent of employees who serve below the level of undersecretary, till February 15. However, after obtaining inputs from several quarters, and a thorough review of the situation, the Department of Personnel Training (DoPT) issued a new memorandum, that informed the employees at all levels that they will have to report to their respective offices starting February 7.
Previously, dues to fears that there may be a spike in the cases, the Government had issued orders for 50 per cent employees to work from home till January 31, 2022. Another order allowing employees to work from home seems unlikely now.