RS Secretariat restricts attendance after 400 employees test positive – World Affairs SRS

RS Secretariat restricts attendance after 400 employees test positive

– World Affairs SRS

After more than 400 Parliament employees tested positive for COVID-19 infection, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has decided to restrict the attendance of the employees.

As per the new guidelines, 50 per cent of the employees or officers below the rank of Under Secretary or Executive Officer are required to ‘work from home’.

It is learned that Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu reviewed the situation and directed to take necessary measures to contain the spread of the virus among the officers and staff of the Secretariat. It is learned that to avoid overcrowding, it has been decided to fix the timings of the Secretariat and all official meetings will be held virtually. Disabled officers and pregnant women are exempted from attending the office.

More than 400 Parliament employees have tested positive for COVID-19 during random testing. It has been found that out of all those who have been tested positive for COVID, 65 belong to the Rajya Sabha, 200 to the Lok Sabha and 133 to the allied services.

According to sources, the random testing was done on January 6-7 in view of the sudden spike of new cases in the national capital. Most of the staff who have contracted the virus showed no symptoms, adding: “More random tests will be conducted for those coming to Parliament to control the infection.”



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