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Haryana govt allows 50-100 per cent Group C, D staff in offices

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The Haryana government has allowed 50 per cent staff from Group C and D categories to attend offices which can go up to 100 per cent if there is sufficient space for complete observance of social distancing norms, according to an order issued by the government.

The state government had reopened its offices in the state and those located in its capital Chandigarh with certain conditions during the third phase of the COVID-19-induced lockdown.

In the third phase of the lockdown itself, that lasted till May 17 following which the fourth phase began with less restrictions, government offices were re-opened with 100 per cent staff of Groups A and B and 33 per cent staff strength at the level of Groups C and D.

In view of the amended guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on May 17, the matter of attendance in government offices has been reconsidered, as per an order from Chief Secretary to all the administrative secretaries, heads of departments and Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners of all Divisions, all MDs of Boards and Corporations and Registrars of universities.

"While attendance percentage for Groups A and B shall be 100 per cent, for Groups C and D it shall be 50 per cent. In case any office has sufficient space to ensure 100 per cent attendance with complete observance of social distancing norms for All Groups A, B, C and D, they may do so, as per the order dated May 18.

However, the 50 per cent attendance bar shall not be applicable to essential category departments and their constituent units including municipal bodies, Boards, Corporations, Revenue, Health, Irrigation, Power, Medical Education, Finance and Excise and Taxation departments, it said.

Public dealing may be restricted till the fourth phase of the lockdown ends on May 31.

Heads of Departments, Heads of Offices and Deputy Commissioners will have the discretion to stagger office timings as per their assessment to ensure there is no rush in offices. They shall ensure that those officials who can work from home are enabled to do so.

These officials shall ensure compliance of social distancing norms, hygiene practices among the employees and regular sanitization of offices, files, office equipment, canteens and vehicles, said the order, adding that the instruction issued by Public Works Department, Buildings and Roads (PWD - B&R) in respect of use of air conditioners in office buildings shall be strictly followed.

All employees coming to office have to install the Arogya Setu mobile app, it said. "In case an employee's place of residence happens to lie within a containment zone, such employee shall not leave such zone until the 'zone declaration order' has been withdrawn by the appropriate authority," the order said.

The health department shall conduct regular checks to assess quality of implementation of Standard Operating Procedure at government offices and also conduct random sampling for Covid-19 for the employees at head offices as well as field offices regularly.

Other SOPs for employees include not to use saliva while flipping the documents/files etc, not to handover mobile phone to anyone nor use anyone else's phone, and not to spit.

HoDs shall appoint a permanent Covid-19 Implementation Committee to oversee the implementation of SOP for offices, as per the order.

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First Published: Tue, May 19 2020. 15:46 IST