NEW DELHI, Feb 6: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Ind Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also Minister Incharge Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), announced this evening that a review of the pandemic situation was done today and in view of the decline in the number of COVID cases as well as in positivity rate, the DoPT guidelines issued earlier have been revised and it has been decided that full office attendance shall be resumed from tomorrow and employees at all levels, without any exemption, shall attend office on regular basis with effect from February 7, 2022.
The Minister further informed that the Head of Departments shall, however, ensure that employees wear face masks at all times and continue to follow COVID appropriate behaviour.
This is in supersession of the earlier DoPT Circular according to which the 50% office attendance rule had been extended till February 15. But, after obtaining inputs from the relevant quarters and review of the situation, a fresh OM (Office Memorandum) is being issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) informing that all the employees at all levels, without any exemption, will report to office from tomorrow, that is, February 7, 2022. There will no more be option of “work from home” for any employee.
In a subsequent review, was considered appropriate to extend the same guidelines up to February 15. The physical attendance of government servants below the level of the Under Secretary was restricted to 50 percent of the actual strength and the remaining 50 percent were asked to work from home. In addition to this, the persons with disability and pregnant women employees were exempted from attending office. The officers and staff working from home were asked to remain available on telephone and other means of communication at all times.