SHILLONG, May 4 - Meghalaya Government offices are making their way towards normalcy after being severely affected by the lockdown on account of the Covid-19 pandemic which has necessitated minimalisation of the work force attending the various offices on a daily basis.
It may be noted here that Meghalaya Chief Secretary MS Rao had issued an order on March 20 last directing that 50 percent of government employees are to work from home while the rest attend office every day by drafting a weekly roster duty.
With this order lapsing on Sunday, the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Personnel AR (A) Department issued another order on Saturday informing that all the Government offices in the State shall function at 100 percent strength for group A and B officers and 33 percent strength for group C and D staff with effect from Monday, i.e., May 4.
The Additional Chief Secretary also directed the head of departments concerned to notify the roster of duty for group C and D staff. The government has also issued the protocol for government employees who are working during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As per this protocol, employees should sanitise their hands before entering the office premises, they should wear a mask at all times and maintain respiratory etiquette.
They have also been directed to avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth and also the railings while climbing staircases in government offices. They are also to maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from each other. Lunch time has also been staggered in government offices. The employees have also been directed to download the Aryogya Setu app.
Employees with cough, fever and sore throat or who have had any contact with primary Covid-19 contacts recently have been directed to undergo immediate testing.
If any employee�s family member has symptoms of severe acute respiratory infection and influenza-like illness or a recent travel history, then they should not come to office and should inform the head of the department so that they may work from home.