With the COVID cases rising alarmingly, the Centre has decided to let 50 per cent of the workforce below the level of Under Secretary to work from home. Pregnant women and persons with disabilities (PwDs) will also be allowed to work from home. All officers belonging to the Under Secretary level or above will have to physically attend office.
A schedule or roster will be drawn up by each of the departments of the Central government to regulate and manage the attendance.
Those attending office physically will be required to adhere to two time slots of 9 a.m. to 5.30 pm and 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. This was a measure adopted last year too, amid the pandemic, to ensure that workplaces are not overcrowded.
As had been followed earlier too, physical or in-person meetings will be avoided unless extremely urgent or necessary. Departments have been advised to resort to video-conferencing for meetings.
Officers and senior executives have been directed to ensure that strict COVID protocols are followed at the workplace. They have been instructed to ensure that staff members wash hands frequently, sanitise their desks, wear masks all the time and maintain social distancing. An official order was issued to this effect.
The heads of departments have been ordered to ensure that people do not assemble or gather in one place or crowd the corridors and common passages. Additionally, it has to be ensured that all areas frequented by people and surfaces touched by people should be disinfected or sanitised regularly.