AGENCIES, New Delhi: Union Ministers and officers returned to their offices on Monday morning, two days after a directive that all government officials who are entitled to official vehicles should return to work.
The move to resume work in ministries comes nearly a month after the government issued work from home protocols in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic and Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressing on Saturday that ‘Jaan bhi jahaan bhi (both life and economy are important)’ as the lockdown has put severe stress on businesses.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju were some of the early office-goers on Monday.
Along with the ministers and senior officials, their support staff too has been asked to join work. The ministers have been asked to work with 50 per cent of their staff. The support staff members, who do not have official vehicles and have no means of public transport, had to find their own ways to get to their offices.
“Only senior officials and the minimum required staff will be coming to the office today onwards. We’ll follow all guidelines regarding COVID-19,” Rijiji told news agency ANI.
Ministers and officials were screened with temperature guns before they entered the buildings. Their vehicles too were sanitised at the gate.