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Work from home for Central govt employees too, DoPT issues draft guidelines

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The Department of Personnel Training (DoPT) has come out with a draft framework for ‘work from home’ for the Central Government staff post the lockdown. The department has said that it may provide an option for work from home to the eligible officers/staff for 15 days in a year as a matter of policy. There are 48.34 lakh central government employees.

The department has written to several departments stating that the Covid19 pandemic has necessitated many ministries to operate from home to maintain social distancing. The department said that in the future too the central secretariat may go for staggered attendance and variable working hours to maintain social distancing.

“A standardized broad framework for work from home is important post lock down to ensure safety and security of information, while accessing government files and information remotely from home,” it said.

It said a new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been finalised for the employees to ensure smooth and seamless functioning of the government. It suggested that the departments use laptops on a rotational basis for the officers who are working from home and needed such logistic support.

It said they may also get reimbursement for internet services that they may use while working from home. It also said that “classified papers/files” cannot be processed while working from home.