Work From Home Extended Only For These Govt Employees Till February 15th
One this that this ongoing pandemic has taught us all is – ‘Adaptability’. Not only on a personal level but on an organizational level also it has become essential. In recent times, corporates and governments have started revising their plans more frequently. One such revision has been announced by the Personnel Ministry of the Government of India.
In central govt. office 50% workforce to work from home till Feb.15
In a recent announcement, the Central Government extended work from the home arrangement for 50 percent of its employees below the level of Under Secretary till February 15. The order has been issued by the Personnel Ministry. Persons with disabilities and pregnant women employees would continue to be exempted from attending offices.
It should be noted that on January 3, the Personnel Ministry had issued an order allowing work from home 50 percent of employees below the level of Under Secretary till January 31, because of the rise in Covid cases.
In an order issued on Monday extending the arrangements till February 15, it said Central government officers and staffers will have to follow staggered timing — 9 am to 5.30 pm and 10 am to 6.30 pm — to avoid overcrowding in offices.
The Biometric attendance has been suspended for now
“Physical attendance of government servants below the level of Under Secretary shall be restricted to 50 percent of the actual strength and the remaining 50 percent shall work from home. A roster may be prepared accordingly by all the departments concerned,” the ministry said in a notification.
All officers of the level of Under Secretary and above are to attend office regularly, the order stated. While making the announcement the Personnel Ministry also extended the suspension of biometric attendance for the employees till February 15.
The ministry had earlier this month suspended the marking of biometric attendance for all its employees till January 31, as a precautionary measure to check the spread of COVID-19.
Will this be the final extension in WFH or will regular offices resume soon? Only time will tell.