Indian Government is also taking the corporate way amid the COVID-19 concerns.
Following the corporate lines, the central government has reportedly decided to ask half of its 30 lakh junior employees to work from home until April 04, 2020.
This decision has been taken in view of the planned measures that India is taking, over the next 15 days period, to fight coronavirus.
“Seventy per cent of our work is now done on the e-office framework, so there will be no impact on government functioning and officials working from home will be available on phone and online,” the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said on March 19, 2020.
He informed that one half of the Group B and C employees will first work from home and rest will come to the work.
The order is immediately applicable to for around 30 lakh Group B and C employees.
“Their entry and exit timings are also being staggered in three groups to avoid them all congregating at one time and ensure social distancing,” said Singh.
However, around 1.04 lakh senior officials, who are crucial to decision-making, will work from office only.
“Some other most-affected states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi may also follow suit in terms of their state employees,” Singh adds.
In its detailed order, the government has reportedly asked Heads of Departments (HoDs) to ensure 50% employee attendance at office and the rest 50% should work from home.
“All HoDs are advised to draft a weekly roster of duty for Group B and C staff and ask them to attend office on alternate weeks,” the government order reads.
Financial Support to Corona-hit industries
Meanwhile, the government is working on ways to offer financial package to coronavirus-hit sectors to recover the economy.
The Finance Minister is likely to hold discussions with various ministries, especially MSME, Animal Husbandry, Civil Aviation and Tourism on March 20, 2020, to assess the situation.
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