F.No.11 013/9/2014-Estt.A.III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 18th May, 2020


Subject: Preventive measures to be taken to contain the spread of
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Attendance regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to OM of even number dated 23rd
April, 2020 on the above-mentioned subject. Ministry of Home Affairs, vide
its Order dated 17.5.2020, has since directed that lockdown measures to
contain the spread of COVID-19 shall continue for a period up to 31 .5.2020
and has prescribed guidelines on the measures to be taken by various
authorities for containment of COVID -19 in the country.

2. In Annexure II of the guidelines, specific measures, in the form of
National Directives for COVID-19 management and Additional directives for
Work Places have been prescribed (copy enclosed). In accordance with
these guidelines, and with a view to enabling implementation of social
distancing norms, it has been decided that the attendance in Central
Government offices shall be reg ulated as follows:
(a) All officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above shall attend
office on all working days.

(b) For regulating the attendance of officers and staff below the level of
Deputy Secretary, all Heads of the Department shall prepare a roster
so as to ensure that 50 percent of officers and staff attend office on
every alternate day. Those officers/staff who are not required to attend
office on a particular day, shall work from home and should be
available on telephone and electronic means of communications at all

All Heads of the Department shall also ensure that the 50 percent of
officers and staff who attend office observe staggered timings, as
1st shift: 9 AM to 5.30 PM
2 nd shift: 9.30 AM to 6 PM
3rd shift: 10 AM to 6.30 PM

3. The above instructions shall be in force with immediate effect and until
further orders. Bio-metric attendance shall continue to be suspended until
further orders. The Heads of the Department may kindly ensure strict
compliance of these instructions as well as the directives of Ministry of Home Affairs.

(Umesh Kumar Bhatia)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India