Bhubaneswar: All Odisha state government offices will remain closed on Saturdays in the month of August, an official order of the General Administration & Public Grievance Department said today.
This apart, the offices will function with 50 per cent of the employees in view of the COVID-19 situation.
“Keeping in view the unabated rise in COVID infections, it has been decided that all the Departments and sub-ordinate Offices shall perform official work with 50% of the employees’ strength (all staff including Group-A Officers) in the month of August and ensure that the Government work does not suffer,” the order said.
“The Departments/Heads of Offices are at liberty to decide the manner of selection of employees who will attend Office on a roster basis. However, the essential offices/services such as SRC and OSDMA offices, Police, Fire Services, Health services, Municipal services etc. shall function in full strength,” it said.
“Further, the Officers/staff who have been provided with VPN shall work from home, when not assigned roster duty. They must be available to attend to any office work of urgent nature, at short notice and be available on telephone at all times,” the order added.