Union minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh has said the output of the employees, in some cases, has increased during the work-from-home (WFH) regime. The new way to work also resulted in employees working on weekends and holidays to achieve the target given to them, he added.
Singh reached out to the employees of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions working from home and also those in quarantine or infected with Covid-19. He inquired about the well-being of each one of them and asked them to share their experience and suggestions.
Dr Jitendra Singh lauded the efforts, dedication and commitment of the officers and staff toward the office functioning without interruption during the pandemic and noted with appreciation that work output has not suffered and rather in some cases increased due to target-oriented work culture with flexible timing. He said, the overall output was also better due to near total adoption of e-office mode. Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection has been given to the employees to facilitate WFH.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, as per the latest office memorandum of Department of Personnel and Training, pregnant women employees and Divyang employees have been exempted from attending office and the physical attendance of government servants below the level of under secretary has been restricted to half of the actual strength; the remaining half shall work from home. However, the minister said, the officials/staff who are not attending the office and are working from home shall always remain available on telephone and other electronic means of communications.
Secretary, DoPT P.K. Tripathy, Secretary, DARPG and Pensions, V. Srinivas, Additional Secretary, DoPT Rashmi Chowdhary, Additional Secretary and EO, DoPT Deepti Umashankar, Joint Secretary, DARPG Jaya Dubey, and other senior officials joined the meeting.