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Personnel Ministry issues SOP for reopening of training institutes

By IndianMandarins- 06 Jul 2020
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The Personnel Ministry has issued an SOP for reopening of central and state training institutes from July 15, outlining necessary steps to be taken by them to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The SOP says that as far as possible training programs should be conducted in digital/online/virtual mode. Where it is necessary to conduct training in physical mode, the duration of the training program should be reviewed carefully to make it more compact by separating the training curriculum into digital and physical mode. 

The move came after the Union Home Ministry issued guidelines for phased reopening or ‘Unlock 2’ on June 29, allowing training institutes of central and state governments to function from July 15. It had also asked the Personnel Ministry to come out with an SOP for it. The Personnel Ministry said that observance of social distancing, wearing of masks and other COVID-related protocols, as prescribed by central and state/district health authorities from time to time, should be ensured by the training institute concerned.

Pregnant women, lactating mothers, people with asthma or chronic lung disease, high BP, chronic kidney disease and serious heart condition among others are at “high risk” and such trainees should attend courses online from their place of current posting/administrative training institute (ATI).

All classrooms, staffrooms, offices, hostels, corridors, lobbies, common areas and washrooms, etc. should be thoroughly cleaned/sanitized as per the procedure prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

With a view to ensure safety, on a best effort basis, the training institutes should ensure that the Aarogya Setu app is downloaded and installed by all trainees/other staff and faculty having compatible phones. The training institutes have also been asked to notify nodal officers for COVID-related administrative responsibilities and also constitute committees with clear demarcation of roles, especially for coronavirus-related matters.

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