Centre Exempts Pregnant Women, Staff With Disabilities From Joining Office

Centre allowed 50% officers and staff to attend office on every alternate day (Representational)

New Delhi:

All central government departments have been asked to exempt pregnant women, persons with disabilities and those with comorbid conditions from joining offices amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Personnel Ministry said on Tuesday.

The directive comes a day after 50 per cent junior staff was allowed to resume work from office, following the latest relaxations guidelines.

It has been decided that government servants who have underlying conditions (comorbidities) and were undergoing treatment for these ailments before the lockdown, may, as far as possible be exempted from roster duty upon production of medical prescription from treating physicians, the ministry said.

“Similarly, persons with disabilities and pregnant women may also not be included in the roster to be prepared,” it said in a directive issued to all the central government departments.

The ministry had on Monday asked 50 per cent of its junior employees, below the level of deputy secretary, to join work in office.

For regulating attendance of officers and staff, below the level of deputy secretary, all heads of department have been asked by the Personnel Ministry to prepare a roster so to ensure that 50 per cent of officers and staff attend office on every alternate day.

All officers of the level of deputy secretary and above shall attend office on all working days, it had said.

All heads of the department have also been asked to ensure that 50 per cent of officers and staff, who attend office, observe staggered timings, the Personnel Ministry had said.

There will be three shifts for the central government employees – 9 am to 5:30 pm, 9:30 am to 6 pm and 10 am to 6:30 pm.

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