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Odisha Government departments will function with 30 percent strength of employees for the extended COVID-19 lockdown

Bhubaneswar:1/6/21: In view of the extended COVID-19 lockdown with effect from June 1, Odisha Government today issued fresh guidelines regarding the functioning of Government offices in the state.

As per the guidelines, all Government departments will function with 30 percent strength of employees, and officers of the rank of Deputy Secretary and above should attend office daily. However, the departments will have the liberty to decide the scale of operations and employee strength, keeping in view the incidence of infection among the employees and the workload, that of urgent nature in particular, and ensure that essential Government work doesn’t suffer.

“It may be ensured that officers/ staff, who are not assigned duty on roster, should work from home with VPN provided to them for attending the regular and pending works. The employees with disability and pregnant women employees may be exempted from attending office and work from home,” the order issued by the General Administration and Public Grievance Department.

All the employees who are not attending office must be available at headquarters to attend to any office work of urgent nature, at short notice on telephone at all times. Administrative Departments will decide about the scale of operations in sub-ordinate and field offices, the order reads.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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