LOCKDOWN PLAN

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Uttarakhand government offices to be fully functional from June 1

In a kind of being the first state, the government offices in Uttarakhand including the state secretariat and Vidhan Sabha will come back to normal working hours as has been before the lockdown from June 1, 2020.

 

All government offices in the state will stay open from 10 am to 5 pm while the secretariat and state assembly from 9.30 am to 6 pm for five days a week as they used to before the lockdown. The new order replaces an order of May 2. There will be 100 percent attendance of class one and class two officers and 50 percent presence of class three and class four staff. The timing for the opening of shops has also been revised from 7 am to 7 pm instead of 7 am to 4 pm.

30 May 2020
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Air India pilot unions threaten not to support airline’s normal operations

Though the government has brought every state onboard for allowing domestic flight operations, Air India pilot unions IPG and ICPA threatened they might not be able to extend support to the airline’s ‘normal operations’ and in the matter of flight duty and time limitations (FDTL). They have alleged that financial and other issues of employees remain unresolved. 

These unions representing pilots operating Boeing and Airbus aircraft of the airline in a joint letter to the personnel department sought to know the outcome of the various cost-cutting measures that Air India initiated in March to deal with its precarious finances.

The IPG and ICPA letter comes ahead of the resumption of commercial passenger services on domestic routes from May 25, which were suspended about two months ago along with international services in the wake of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown imposed by the government on March 25.

Air India had announced a host of measures to reduce costs, including withdrawing special allowances for pilots and other facilities for its officials, a 10 percent deduction in allowances (excluding basic pay, HRA and variable dearness allowance) in respect of all employees, except cabin crew, for a period of three months effective from March.

25 May 2020
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Uttarakhand government offices to be fully functional from June 1

By IndianMandarins 30 May 2020

In a kind of being the first state, the government offices in Uttarakhand including the state secretariat and Vidhan Sabha will come back to normal working hours as has been before the lockdown from June 1, 2020.

 

All government offices in the state will stay open from 10 am to 5 pm while the secretariat and state assembly from 9.30 am to 6 pm for five days a week as they used to before the lockdown. The new order replaces an order of May 2. There will be 100 percent attendance of class one and class two officers and 50 percent presence of class three and class four staff. The timing for the opening of shops has also been revised from 7 am to 7 pm instead of 7 am to 4 pm.

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Air India pilot unions threaten not to support airline’s normal operations

By IndianMandarins 25 May 2020

Though the government has brought every state onboard for allowing domestic flight operations, Air India pilot unions IPG and ICPA threatened they might not be able to extend support to the airline’s ‘normal operations’ and in the matter of flight duty and time limitations (FDTL). They have alleged that financial and other issues of employees remain unresolved. 

These unions representing pilots operating Boeing and Airbus aircraft of the airline in a joint letter to the personnel department sought to know the outcome of the various cost-cutting measures that Air India initiated in March to deal with its precarious finances.

The IPG and ICPA letter comes ahead of the resumption of commercial passenger services on domestic routes from May 25, which were suspended about two months ago along with international services in the wake of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown imposed by the government on March 25.

Air India had announced a host of measures to reduce costs, including withdrawing special allowances for pilots and other facilities for its officials, a 10 percent deduction in allowances (excluding basic pay, HRA and variable dearness allowance) in respect of all employees, except cabin crew, for a period of three months effective from March.

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The government wants 50% central government employees to join office

By IndianMandarins 19 May 2020

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. 

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Shah and officials working out new guidelines for lockdown 4.0

By IndianMandarins 16 May 2020

Home Minister Amit Shah has held meetings with top officials of the ministry including Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla. Several meetings were held with officials of the ministry ahead of the announcement of new guidelines for the fourth-phase of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

 

The new guideline has to take place from May 18. Senior officials are busy drafting guidelines for the fourth-phase of the lockdown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on May 12 had said that the lockdown 4.0 will have a completely different form with new rules.

 

New guidelines will have to be in place by May 18 and greater relaxations and flexibility will be seen in the lockdown-4 with the gradual reopening of railways and domestic airlines while powers will the given to states and Union territories to define COVID-19 hotspots.

 

The final guidelines will be issued by the home ministry only after going through suggestions of state governments. State governments and UT administrations have submitted their recommendations.

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PM meets Secretaries of EGs; modalities for next lockdown to be worked out

By IndianMandarins 14 May 2020

After meeting with the chief ministers and address to the nation, the PM has met with secretaries of the empowered groups to discuss Covid-19 and the lockdown situation at his Lok Kalyan marg residence.

 

The empowered group constituted by the government is looking after every aspect of dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. The PM had pointed out in his address that experts warned that coronavirus would remain a part of people’s lives for a long time, but stressed the need to move forward.

 

The meeting is important in view of the third phase of lockdown ending on May 17 and terms and condition for the next phase of lockdown has to be announced with the consultation of all stakeholders. 


The new guidelines for the fourth phase of lockdown will be unveiled in a day or two. But the address of the PM indicates that the government is preparing to start economic activities. “We cannot allow this to happen that our lives will be confined only around the corona. We would wear masks, follow two yards distance and pursue our goals,” he said.

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Granular Lockdown Plan in consideration by Government of India?

By IndianMandarins 09 May 2020

A white paper released by Sapio Umbrella, an entity owned by government advisory firm Sapio Analytics, talks of a new concept titled “Granular Lockdown Plan” that can help in the fight against COVID-19 in India. The concept provides a long-term solution on how to plan lockdown across hyper-local areas pan India such that the impact on economy and society is minimal while the spread of the virus is significantly controlled.

“Granular Lockdown Plan is a scientific data-driven and Artificial Intelligence (AI) supported approach to suggest the extent of lockdown in a hyper-local area, covering lockdown across establishments, services and sectors. The concept is incomplete if seen only with the purpose of stopping the spread of the virus, as the concept is designed to optimize between different types of impact.”, reads excerpts from the white paper that provides the reasoning why such a plan is needed by India.

The paper provides analytical results demonstrating how the spread of virus shall be different in different parts of India, including neighboring localities, depending on various factors including and not limited to, spread and types of establishments in the area, demographics of the population, the density of the population, and so on. It then goes on to show how the economic impact is also variable across localities and so is the social impact on various parameters such as crime and essential supplies. It claims that the ideal way to optimize the impact on economy, society, and COVID-19 morbidity is through a hyper-localized plan.
Adding about the paper, Ashwin Srivastava, co-founder of Sapio Analytics and lead author, says, “The concept is being presented after a product that is able to use the concepts given here is already ready and in use by various local and state bodies. Post it’s successful impact, as is being seen on a daily basis, we have provided this white paper to the public for review and analysis. We are also in touch with NITI Aayog for a policy level consideration of this concept.”

Data analytics-driven model and artificial intelligence supported tools are recommended as being solutions to the effective implementation of this concept. The entire paper can be downloaded as well. (CLICK To DOWNLOAD) 

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