New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariat have on Monday resumed their operations partially with a staff strength of about 25 per cent amid the second run of coronavirus lockdown. The Secretariats were adjourned sine die shortly after the official orders of a nationwide shutdown on March 23 due to the pandemic outbreak. Also Read - Durga Puja 2020: A day Ahead of Festivities in Bengal, Calcutta HC Partially Eases 'No-entry' Order For Pandals | Read Here What's Allowed
The lockdown was earlier supposed to end on April 14, but was extended till May 3 in view of the situation. Also Read - Getting Good Sleep Can Save You From COVID-19, Here's How
Officers of the joint secretary rank and above have joined from today and have been asked to attend office on all working days. Also Read - Road to Recovery: For 3rd Day, India's Fresh COVID-19 Infections Remain Below 60K Mark; 54,044 Cases, 717 Deaths in 24 Hours
However, in order to ensure that all necessary precautions and social distancing norms against the spread of COVID-19 are taken in office, the government has laid down some guidelines for the secretariat staff to follow.
Here are the rules:
1. While at work, the secretariat staff is to ensure that they maintain a distance of six feet from each other and wear masks.
2. The total number of officers and staff members attending office in each branch or section in a day should not exceed 33 per cent of the total strength.
3. File movement to be done only through electronic or digital mode in e-office. Physical movement of files should be avoided.
4. Only urgent files to be excepted for the consideration of the Lok Sabha Speaker or Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
5. Officers, consultants and casual labourers below the rank of deputy secretary and equivalent to attend office only as decided by the respective divisional head depending on the quantum of work pending, urgency and other administrative expediencies.
6. Staggered working hours to be implemented for those attending office.