WFH for 50% staff in non-essential services: Delhi govt order

As COVID-19 cases spike in the national capital, employees in private establishments are also being asked to work from home

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Delhi government has issued an order for 50 per cent non-essential service workers to work from home, and advised private establishments to do the same.

Vijay Dev, Delhi chief secretary and chairman, DDMA Executive Committee, has ordered all Delhi government offices, autonomous bodies, public-sector undertakings, corporations and local bodies to function with officers of grade-one level or equivalent and above “to the extent of 100 per cent.” Only the staff who essentially need to be in office will continue, while the remaining 50 per cent will work from home till December 31, 2020 or till further orders.

Private establishments have also been advised to decrease office hours and reduce the number of staff coming to office, allowing a part of them to work from their homes. The head of department for these private enterprises have the freedom to implement it depending on the staff they have at their disposal.

The proposal was made on November 25, aligned with an order of Union Ministry of Home Affairs to reduce the number of employees in government offices and ensure social distancing. The proposal, which has now been approved, does not include the essential sectors — health, police, home guards and civil defense, district administrations and municipal services.

Other Delhi government offices, autonomous bodies, public-sector units, corporations and local bodies, all associated with non-essential services, are covered by the proposal. The respective heads of department and agencies will prepare a schedule to assign office timings for employees to report to work.

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