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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: As part of its strategy to contain the COVID-19 spread, Odisha government on Monday issued fresh directives regarding the functioning of offices in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

As per the latest directive issued by the General Administration and Public Grievance Department, all departments of Odisha government and sub-ordinate offices in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will function with 50 per cent strength of employees (including Group A officers) during September. The move is also aimed at ensuring that the office work also does not suffer.

However, government offices will remain shut on Saturdays across the State.

The Departments/ Head of Offices in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have been asked to decide the manner of selection of employees who will attend respective offices. However, the essential offices/ services such as Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) and OSDMA offices, police, fire services, health services, municipal services shall function in full strength.

All precautionary measures issued by the Department to curtail the spread of COVID-19 shall be strictly followed by the Departments as well as the employees, an official notification read.

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 notification added.

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