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Pregnant, divyang employees working for Central govt exempted from coming to office as COVID-19 cases surge

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A healthcare worker takes a swab sample for the COVID-19 test, in view of rising Omicron cases at Daryaganj in New Delhi on Monday, January 03, 2022.


A healthcare worker takes a swab sample for the COVID-19 test, in view of rising Omicron cases at Daryaganj in New Delhi on Monday, January 03, 2022.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspIANS

New Delhi: As COVID-19 cases in India continue to rise, the Centre has said that pregnant and differently-abled employees of the Central government can work from home till the end of January. Alongside, all officials or staff living in containment zones will also be exempted until the demarcated area is denotified.

According to the updates shared by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) amid the surge in cases, they will, however, have to remain available on the telephone and other electronic means of communication at all times.

The announcement was first made by Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday and has since been shared widely. Holding a briefing at the end of last week, the lawmaker had said that physical attendance of government officials below the level of Under Secretary has now been restricted to 50% strength. Everyone else will be working from home.

Alongside, officials will also follow staggered timings and hold meetings via video conferencing whenever possible. The DoPT has also advised the staff to maintain COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing, frequent washing of hands or sanitisation and wearing a face mask all the time.

India on Tuesday reported 1.68 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases. The active tally rose to 8.21 lakh – the highest in 208 days. Over the past two weeks, a slew of top political leaders including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have also tested positive for COVID-19. 

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