STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: The fresh guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) Government of India, suggest working with ‘absolutely necessary’ staff. It was disclosed here on Wednesday by Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also In-Charge DoPT, after a fresh Office Memorandum (OM) was issued. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Union Cabinet and there were hectic consultations at high level. As per DoPT circular, guidelines have been issued pursuant to a decision to impose a complete lockdown, in view of threat posed by COVID-19. Certain offices have already been given exemption from the lockdown, which include essential /emergency services. However, keeping in view the exigencies that have arisen in various departments not exempted under the guidelines, a fresh set of instructions has been issued. As per the instructions issued today, each Head of Department may draw up a list of staff that are ‘absolutely necessary’ to carry out essential additional services within the department. The list of such employees may be communicated to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), New Delhi district. While an authorisation letter will be issued by DCP, the staff members are also instructed to carry a copy of its print-out along with their official Identity Card, while coming to office. The remaining staff should be asked to work from home. However, as per DoPT instructions issued earlier, the officials who are working from home should be available on phone /mobile and electronic means of communication, at all times. They should attend office, if called for, whenever required.
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