Haryana: Pregnant Employees Working At Civil Secretariat Don’t Have To Attend Office Now

Pregnant women who are working at the state Civil Secretariat don’t have to attend office amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Haryana government on Friday announced.

Pregnant women employees who are not already on maternity leave will also be exempted from attending office. Persons with disabilities are also to be given a similar exemption from attending office,” Union minister Jitendra Singh said in a statement, NDTV reported.

According to the order, female employees who are pregnant will also have flexible working hours. “This may be treated as most urgent,” read the order that has been passed to ensure the safety of mothers-to-be and their children, Businessworld reported. The order has been issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

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“Haryana Government has decided that pregnant female employees working in State Civil Secretariat have been exempted from attending the office and are allowed to work from home in the view of COVID-19,” Chief Minister’s Office tweeted.

What You Should Know

  • Haryana government will now allow pregnant women employees at state Civil Secretariat to work from home.
  • Pregnant women employees will also have flexible working hours.
  • Persons with disabilities are also to work from home.
  • The order has been passed to ensure the safety of mothers-to-be and their children.

The order also applies to persons with disabilities and government servants who have underlying co-morbidities and are undergoing treatment for the same. ”What is important is to strictly observe staggered timings for the arrival and departure of the officers and staff. In order to avoid unnecessary crowding, all the heads of departments have been advised to ensure three sets of timings,” Union Minister Singh further noted.

Earlier, the government of Uttarakhand reportedly allowed pregnant employees, women with children below 10 years of age, employees above 55 years of age, and employees with serious health conditions to work from home.

Last month, Maharashtra Women and Child Development Minister Yashomati Thakur also wrote to Chief Minister Uddav Thackeray requesting him to pass an order allowing female government employees with health issues to work from home during COVID-19, ANI reported.