Govt. reduces working hours to prevent virus outbreak

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The Independent Civil Services and Administrative Reforms Commission (ICSARC) strategy reduced
working hours of government employees and increased precautionary measures in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. The strategy had been recommended by the ICSARC and approved by the cabinet. It would go into effect in all provincial and central government institutions apart from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). According to the strategy working hours in government institutions would begin from 8:00am and end at 1:00pm without any break.
Government institutions and department that direly need employees could make arrangement by introducing morning and afternoon shifts. The strategy, however, said that employees who are focal points and their signature is needed should be present to make sure that work moves smoothly.
Government institutions had been asked to avoid gathering of more people and ensure at least one-meter distance
among employees in offices. The government institutions had been advised to conduct their meetings conferences
through video, voice calls and other available resources. The ICSARC strategy sent employees ranging from 58 to 65-year-old, pregnant women and women whose children are in government kindergartens on one month leave and advised them to work from home if necessary. The number of coronavirus patients in Afghanistan reached to 34 after the ministry of health announced 10 more positive cases on Sunday.

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