NEW DELHI, Mar 28 : Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has issued orders exempting the “Divyang” employees even from essential duties during the lockdown period.
Disclosing this here today, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also In-Charge DoPT, said that as per fresh Office Memorandum (OM) issued by the Ministry of Personnel, all the Ministries and departments have been instructed that while drawing up roster of staff who are required to attend essential services within their respective Ministries or departments, they may keep in mind that employees who are “Persons with Disability” (PwD) are exempted.
Pertinent to mention that as per an earlier Office Memorandum issued by DoPT immediately following the imposition of 21 day lockdown, the Heads of Departments (HoDs) were asked to draw a list of staff that are “absolutely necessary” to carry out additional essential services within the department.
Meanwhile, through another memorandum issued by DoPT, timeline for submission of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) in respect of Group-A officers of Central Services has been extended for the year 2019-20, in the light of the situation arising out of the spread of Covid-19. As per the earlier schedule, the date for distribution of blank APARs to all concerned officers was 31st March, which has now been revised and extended upto 31st May.
Similarly, the date for the submission of self-appraisal by an officer to the Reporting Officer(RO) was 15th April as per the earlier schedule, but it has now been revised and extended upto 30th June.
Meanwhile, most of the officials have been asked to continue to work from home and remain available on telephone and electronic means of communication. They may be asked to make themselves available if and when required.
The office meetings are being regularly conducted through video conferencing and Dr Jitendra Singh himself is regularly conducting video conference discussions and meetings with the officials of Ministry of North East(DoNER) as well as officers of Ministry of Personnel / DoPT).