Mrunal Manmay Dash

Extending the ongoing lockdown till June 1, 2021, the Odisha government on Tuesday made stricter arrangements both for the public sector and private sector organisations.

As per the press release issued by the Odisha Special Relief Commissioner, barring essential services like police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management, prisons, excise and municipal services, all other departments of State Government will work with not more than 10% staff or as directed by Government in General Administration & Public Grievance Department from time to time.”

Similarly, the district administration and treasury (including field offices of the Accountant General) will function with restricted staff, however delivery of public services shall be ensured and necessary staff will be deployed for such purpose, said the SRC.

The forest offices, staff/ workers required to operate and maintain zoo, nurseries, wildlife, fire-fighting in forests, watering plantations, patrolling and their necessary transport movement will continue as usual.

On the other hand, private organisations including corporates and civil society sector will also have to work with reduced manpower, preferably with 33% of their staff strength. The SRC also urged those organisations to encourage their staff to work from home.

The Odisha government extended the lockdown restrictions in the State till June 1 to arrest the steady surge in cases of Covid-19 in the State.

The two-week lockdown enforced in the State on May 5 was set to end on May 19. However, after thorough consultation with health experts, the government has extended the lockdown for two more weeks.