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Govt officials instructed to go back to office

  • Published at 11:51 pm August 5th, 2020
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The move came into effect on Tuesday

The government has decided to revoke work-from-home facility for its officials amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

All government officials have been directed to ensure physical attendance at their respective offices in a bid to speed up government efforts.

The decision came into effect on Tuesday.

According to the directive, government employees will have to attend their work stations as per normal rules and maintain regular office hours. 

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the government officials from now on would have to work just as they did before Covid-19, while maintaining the health safety guidelines. 

“However, respective office chiefs will have the power to allow their subordinates to work from home when required,” he added.  

“Those who are vulnerable to coronavirus, sick employees, and pregnant women are allowed to work from home,” he said.

Since June 1, as many as 75% of the country’s government employees have been working from home on a roster basis. 

Except for the emergency services, all government offices were shut down from March 26 to May 30, when the government was forced to announce a general holiday to curb Covid-19 transmission. 

“The whole world is moving forward despite the pandemic. We have to clear the backlog created by this deadly virus. Since we will resume working strictly following the health safety guidelines, coronavirus will not spread any further,” the state minister said.