You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Output of employees increased in some cases during WFH: Jitendra Singh

Singh reached out to the employees of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions working from home and also those in quarantine or infected with the coronavirus

Jitendra Singh | Coronavirus | indian government

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Jitendra Singh
Jitendra Singh

Union minister on Wednesday said the output of the employees, in some cases, has increased during the work-from-home regime.

Work from home has also resulted in employees working on weekends and holidays to achieve the target given to them, the minister of state for personnel said.

Singh reached out to the employees of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions working from home and also those in quarantine or infected with the .

He inquired about the well-being of each one of them and also asked them to share their experiences and suggestions, according to a statement issued by the personnel ministry.

Singh lauded the efforts, dedication and commitment of the officers and staff to ensure that the office functions without interruptions during the pandemic and noted with appreciation that the output has not suffered and in stead, in some cases, it has increased because of the target-oriented work culture with flexible timings.

He said the overall output was also better due to the near total adoption of the e-office mode.

Several officers and staff of the ministry shared their experiences online with the minister and reiterated their commitment to the target-oriented work culture, it said.

Singh assured those affected by the pandemic and their family members of all help and support from the ministry, the statement said. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection has been provided to all the employees to facilitate work from home, it added.

Singh said pregnant women and "divyang" (differently-abled) employees have been exempted from attending office and the physical attendance of government servants below the level of undersecretary has been restricted to 50 per cent of the actual strength and the remaining 50 per cent shall work from home.

However, the minister said the officials and staff who are not attending office and are working from home shall remain available over the phone and through other electronic means of communications at all times.

He advised all the officers and staff to ensure a strict compliance of Covid-appropriate behaviour, including frequent washing of hands or sanitisation, wearing face masks or face covers and observing social distancing all the time. Proper cleaning and sanitisation of the workplace, particularly the frequently-touched surfaces, may also be ensured, he added.

During the meeting, Singh noted with satisfaction that all the eligible employees aged 18 years and above were fully vaccinated against Covid and made a general appeal to those who are yet to get inoculated against the viral disease to get the jabs immediately.

The minister was apprised that of the 663 officers and staff of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), 46 tested positive for Covid with mild symptoms and 20 of them have recovered.

Similarly, eight of the 158 employees in the Department of Administrative Reform and Public Grievances (DARPG) and six of the 58 employees in the Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare (DoPPW) got infected during the third wave of the pandemic. However, not a single case of hospitalisation was reported, the statement said.

Secretary, DoPT, P K Tripathy, Secretary, DARPG and Pensions, V Srinivas, Additional Secretary, DoPT, Rashmi Chowdhary, Additional Secretary and Establishment Officer, DoPT, Deepti Umashankar, Jaya Dubey, Joint Secretary, DARPG, and other senior officials attended the meeting.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, January 19 2022. 20:45 IST