The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed proved to be one of the greatest crises of the decade. The national lockdown commenced by the Indian government has been extended in a speech by the Indian PM Narendra Modi so as to curb and contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
In a bulletin released by the Personnel Ministry to all the central government departments, the ministries can operate from home to maintain the national social distancing protocol.
It said that many departments in the Government of India has carried on its activities and has come out with excellent results in combat against the novel coronavirus during the lockdown period. The departments used e-office and video conference meetings facilities of the NIC which was first-of-its kind experience. At the moment, about 75 ministries and departments of the Indian government are actively using the e-office platform and video conference facilities of which 57 have achieved more than 80 per cent of their work. Classified files, however, cannot be processed while working through e-office. For this the NIC may evaluate security protocols so as to access the classified information remotely and propose suitable guidelines and standard operating procedures.
A broad framework for work from home is being made so that the government employees start working while following the social distancing protocol and even post the lockdown. Therefore, a new set of Standard Operating Procedures have been decided in order to ensure the smooth and continuous functioning of the employees. The ministries also said that the employees may avail internet services which will be provide to them that they require while working from their homes and if required may issue separate guidelines. The guidelines said that officials working from home shall adhere to all norms of office environment while attending VC meetings.
All the central government departments have been asked to put forth their views and send their comments by May 21.
– Christo Freddy, NMTV News