COVID-19 update: 50% employees of govt. dept in Assam to work from home on rotation basis
GUWAHATI: As a preventive measure to the Coronavirus outbreak, 50 percent employees from government departments in Assam will work from home on a rotation basis. A roster will be maintained and work will happen on a rotation basis.
"We have cancelled all examinations in the state till March 31. Apart from this, we have also decided that from March 21, 50 per cent employees of the government departments will work from home on a rotation basis. This rotational system will be continued till March 31. But the employees of the essential services including health, fire brigade, police etc, will have to continue their duties regularly. There will be no leave for the employees of health department including ministers," Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
This instruction will not apply to Offices and employees engaged in essential and emergency services and those directly engaged in taking measures to control spread of coronavirus, according to an official notice.
A few days ago, in view of the threat from novel coronavirus (COVID – 19) in the country and also to ensure that all possible preventive measures have been taken to stop the virus from spreading, all offices and institutions (both public and private), PSUs, commercial organizations across the State have been directed to stop use of the ‘Biometric Attendance System’ where physical contact is required with the system to record attendance.
However, any other biometric attendance system where physical contact is not required (like face recognition etc.) shall continue to be used as earlier.
During this period, the attendance may be marked manually in the office registers and appropriately maintained by the respective Head of Office. This order issued by the Government of Assam shall remain in force till March 31, 2020, stated the directive.
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi calls for ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm over COVID-19.
In a special live address to the nation, Modi said: “Today I am requesting the people of the country for a Janata Curfew, on March 22, this Sunday, from between 7 am to 9 pm… This is public curfew. ‘Janata Curfew’ means for the public, curfew imposed on public by themselves.”
He urged the people to follow this ‘Curfew’; not go out on the streets or even gather in their societies and stay inside their homes. He also appealed to citizens to come to their doorsteps or balconies at 5 pm on Sunday to appreciate the work of those involved in healthcare, sanitation and all other essential services. “Come to your balconies and courtyards and streets and applaud, ring bells, bang on thalis for those who are working day and night.”