West Bengal’s govt offices see nearly 70% attendance

Full attendance was reported by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation

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The government offices in West Bengal seem to be getting back to their normal way of functioning, with almost 70 per cent of the employees reporting for duty on June 8, as part of UNLOCK 1.0.

In an endeavor to adhere to social distancing norms and check the spread of the coronavirus, rosters have been prepared listing employees who will be attending office every alternate day.

Before June 8, the government offices were functioning with only 50 per cent of their workforce attending office.

However, according to a government official, work has resumed fully, with all the required protection measures in place, to ensure that the employees remain safe and secure, including provision of sanitisers in all departments.

The rosters will make the employees aware of the days that they are supposed to come in to work, in advance, thereby giving them time to arrange for ways to get to office.

Ever since the resumption of work, significant attendance has been reported by the agriculture, marketing, and finance departments, as well as the health and education department offices, in Salt Lake. Hundred per cent turnout was witnessed at the office of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).

However, there were hiccups in the form of transporation issues. With train services yet to resume, employees travelling from great distances, such as Howrah, Medinipur, Nadia, South 24 Parganas and Hooghly found it difficult to travel to work.

Government officials have been requesting the state government to arrange suitable transport for such employees, so that their exposure to infections is reduced.

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