WFH Chaos: These Govt Employees Will Pay Deposit For Using Laptop At Home; But Why?

Several restrictions barring the movement of essential personnel have been imposed by the Karnataka in the light of massive surge in coronavirus cases. The Karnataka government said in its guidelines that other than essential and emergency services, all government offices/autonomous bodies, etc, offices can function with 50% staff only.

Employees To Pay A Deposit Or Go To Office

There are some employees who do not have an access to laptops and need the department’s laptops. Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in Bengaluru have asked such employees to either pay a charge of Rs 2,500 and give an undertaking to avail the department laptop, or else go to office and work.

DULT Commissioner V Manjula IAS said that one cannot have cake and eat it too that those who want to take office laptops and PCs home should either:

  1. Agree and pay the nominal charges and sign the undertaking
  2. Come to office and work

Undertaking Taken But Not The Charges

Charges to avail the laptop would be Rs 2,500 which will be non-refundable. V Manjula, said that an undertaking has been taken but charges were not collected.

Citing that the laptops are the property of government, an undertaking was must so that in case any damage is done to the systems while in possession, reparations are paid. She added that people have already signed the undertaking as they had no issue about it.

She added that the charges have not been accrued and there is a misunderstanding regarding the same.

The management chose not to give laptops to people as most of them are in contract and laptops are not given to those on contract but they had to still give laptops because of the prevailing restrictions in the state.

Recently, Karnataka has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases. With 25,000 in Bengaluru alone, total cases have shot up beyond 45,000. With majority of cases in the capital, the active cases have touched close to 3.82 lakh in the state.

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