Thursday, July 29

Odisha govt asks its fully vaccinated employees to attend office – Times of India

As per the official sources, nearly 50% of the Odisha secretariat employees have so far been received two doses of vaccines. (Representative image)

BHUBANESWAR: State government employees, who have been fully vaccinated, will now attend office mandatorily even as various administrative departments and sub-ordinate offices in Odisha will now function with 50% staff strength till June-end.
The state general administration (GA) department on Thursday issued fresh guidelines for functioning of the state government offices.
A special camp was organised at the new convention hall of the state secretariat to vaccinate employees of the state secretariat and heads of employees.
As per the official sources, nearly 50% of the state secretariat employees have so far been received two doses of vaccines.
According to the GA department order, various administrative departments and heads of offices will be at the liberty to decide the manner of selection of employees, who will attend office on roster basis.
The essential offices like special relief commissioner (SRC), Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), police, fire service, health services and municipal service will function with full strength.
Officers and staffs, who are not assigned duty on roster will work from home with the virtual private network (VPN) for attending the regular and pending works. Also, such employees must be available on telephone at all times to attend office work of urgent nature, at short notice, said the order.
The state government has exempted employees with disability and pregnant women employees to attend office mandatorily. They are allowed to work from home.
Similarly, the administrative departments will decide about scale of operations in sub-ordinate and field offices.
In view of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the state government on April 29 had allowed various administrative departments to decide the scale of operations to further reduce the number of employees in state secretariat, heads of departments and other sub-ordinate offices.
The decision was taken in view of large-scale outbreak of Covid-19 in some departments and heads of offices in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Since then, the offices were functioning with least number of employees.


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