Coronavirus fallout: It’s 10 to 5 work from home for most government officials

NEW DELHI: While it is work from home for all central government departments, the officials across several ministries are moving to the 10 am to 5 pm working hours and even beyond.

The ministry of social justice and empowerment was the first to announce a clear cut work from home protocol requiring all officers to fix targets and specify work for their subordinates over email or at E office at 10 am, list out tasks for the day and dispose files by 5 pm every day- the ministry cleared over 400 files through E-office on day one.

The ministry of electronics and IT followed up with an identical format on March 24. It also asked all officials to be available for a meeting via video conference at one hour’s notice.

ET gathers that the University Grants Commission is also set to demand a 10 am to 5 pm work schedule from home . It has already its personnel to report via email and Whatsapp to the bureau heads on their progress on the task for the day, officials told ET. Election Commission of India has setup the online meeting platform using Zoom to connect with officials and hold discussions from home.

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