The Ministry of Personnel, in an office memorandum, said it should be the responsibility of the heads of departments to ensure preventive measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 and listed more than eight points. These measures include placing sanitisers mandatorily near biometric machines.
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The ministry said employees should sanitise their hands before and after marking attendance; should maintain six feet physical distancing while marking their attendance and, if required, additional biometric attendance machines are to be installed to avoid overcrowding.
All Central government employees are required to wear masks or face covers all times, including the time when they are waiting to mark their attendance. The memorandum said as far as possible, designated personnel should be deployed near biometric stations to clean or wipe the touchpad or scanner areas of biometric scanners frequently.
"Such personnel will also guide employees to maintain Covid-appropriate behaviour while in queue," it said and added that an adequate number of biometric stations should be placed in, outside or open-air environment.
The office memorandum said adequate natural ventilation must be maintained, and "all offices shall undertake orientation of employees on precautions to be followed".
Meetings, as far as possible, shall continue to be conducted through video conferencing and personal meetings with visitors, unless necessary in public interest, are to be avoided.
"All officers and staff shall strictly follow the Covid-appropriate behaviour, at all times, in offices," it added.