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Odisha govt offices to remain shut on Saturdays

Bhubaneswar: While the Odisha government relaxed certain restrictions under Unlock-3, certain activities will continue to be regulated in the month of August under which all government offices in the State will remain closed on Saturdays.

According to a notification issued by the General Administration and Public Grievance Department, the decision to suspend the functioning of the government offices on Saturdays has been taken in view of rising cases of Covid-19.

Besides, all the departments and sub-ordinate offices have been directed to perform official work with 50% staff strength.

“Keeping in view the unabated rise in COVID infections, it has been decided that all the departments and sub-ordinate offices shall perform official work with 50% of the employees’ strength (all staff including Group-A Officers) in the month of August, 2020 and ensure that the government work does not suffer,” read the official notification.

The departments/heads of offices are at liberty to decide the manner of selection of employees who will attend office on roster basis.

“However, the essential offices/services such as SRC and OSDMA offices, Police, Fire Services, Health services, Municipal services shall function in full strength,” the notification added.

The government order further stated that the officers/staff who have been provided with virtual private network (VPN) shall work from home, when not assigned roster duty.

They must be available to attend to any office work of urgent nature, at short notice and be available on telephone at all times.

“All government employees shall abide by the instructions/guidelines issued from time to time to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Odisha,” the letter added.

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