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    All Assam Govt Departments To Resume Functioning From April 21

    The staff attending office will also have to strictly adhere to various precautions like social distancing and wearing masks

    The Assam government has decided to resume functioning of the departments in the State Secretariat – Janata Bhawan – from April 21st, 2020.

    According to an office memorandum issued by the Secretariat Administration Department Commissioner & Secretary M Angamuthu, all officials in the rank of deputy secretary and above will attend office regularly. Other Grade I and Grade II officers may attend office as and when required.

    The Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, & SDO (C)s have been directed to ensure that maximum 33% of the employee in the cadre of Grade- ll, lll & lV as per the requirement to attend office for the smooth functioning of the offices.

    “For that effect, a roster of duty for the above employee shall be drafted by the respective Head of offices and ask them to attend offices on respective allocated dates till May 3,” the letter mentioned.

    All personal staff attached to the ministers, advisors, senior-most secretaries and officers on special duty will also attend office regularly, the letter stated. The entry of non-essential visitors will be banned in the Janata Bhawan.

    These instructions shall not apply to the offices and employees engaged in essential and emergency services and those directly engaged in taking measures to control the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    “The Officials/employees who will be at home on a particular day as per the roster drawn up should be available on telephone, mobile phone and electronic means of communication at all times. The period of working from home shall not be treated by the official or employee as leave. They should attend office if called for any exigency or work,” the letter said.

    The staff attending office will also have to strictly adhere to various precautions like social distancing and wearing masks. All workplaces will have an adequate arrangement for temperature screening and sanitizers.

    “Wearing of the face cover is compulsory is workplaces. Gathering of more than five people has been prohibited. Spitting in office and outside; use of gutkha, tobacco, etc., have been banned,” another notification said.

    There will be regular sanitization of common surfaces, lifts and other common areas, even as the notification urged the staff to use the staircase instead of the lifts. Frequent cleaning of common surfaces and handwashing has been made mandatory.

    The districts declared as COVID-19 hotspots, the administrations will follow the containment measures laid down by the government.

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