The central government has asked 50 percent of its employees below the deputy secretary level to join work in the office. Only 33 percent of such employees have been attending the office due to coronavirus lockdown so far.
Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that the move will help towards the normal functioning of the central government offices. Allowing 50 percent of staff to resume work from office is a move towards the normal functioning of central government offices. The work in offices will gain efficiency and expediency.
The government plans staggered entry and exit timings for the central government employees joining the office. Social distancing norms will be strictly followed by central government employees resuming work from the office.
All heads of department have been asked by the DoPT to prepare a roster to ensure that 50 percent of officers and staff attend office on every alternate day. All officers of the level of deputy secretary and above shall attend office on all working days.
Officers are not required to attend office on a particular day can work from home but should be available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times. All heads of the department have also been asked to ensure that the 50 percent of officers and staff who attend office observe staggered timings. There will be three shifts for the central government employees – 9 am to 5.30 pm, 9.30 am to 6 pm and 10 am to 6.30 pm.