GUWAHATI, April 18 - Moving towards a graded relaxation of the lockdown, the Assam government has decided to resume functioning of the departments in the State secretariat � Janata Bhawan � from April 21, but with a slew of conditions.
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 head of the department will ensure that maximum of 33 per cent of the staff of Grade III and Grade IV categories will attend office on rotation basis. All personal staff attached to the ministers, advisors, senior most secretaries and officers on special duty will also attend office regularly.
The instruction will not apply to staff engaged in essential and emergency services and those directly engaged in COVID-19 control.
The staff attending office will also have to strictly adhere to various precautions like wearing masks and social distancing. All workplaces will have adequate arrangement for temperature screening and sanitizers.
�Gathering of more than five people has been prohibited. Spitting, 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.
Entry of non-essential visitors will be banned.
The offices of the divisional commissioner, deputy commissioners and subdivisional commissioners (civil) will also function similarly with 33 per cent staff in the cadre of Grade II, III and IV. Those who will be at home will have to be available on telephone or other electronic means of communication. However, in districts declared as COVID-19 hotposts, the administrations will follow the containment measures laid down by the government.