Public Service to resume at normal levels | Daily News

Public Service to resume at normal levels

* All public servants on duty from Monday
* Work From Home arrangement revoked
* Vaccination an impetus for decision

The Government has decided to call all public servants to duty as usual from August 2, 2021 (Monday) in accordance with COVID-19 Health Guidelines.

The President’s Media Division issuing a statement said a large percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has now been vaccinated covering all districts in Sri Lanka. Since the majority of public servants have also been vaccinated, priority should be given to restore normality to the public service.

Therefore, Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundera has informed the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government J.J. Rathnasiri that all public servants be called to duty as usual from August 2, 2021 (Monday) in accordance with COVID-19 Health Guidelines.

The Secretary to the President has also been informed to revoke all Circulars with regard to Working From Home and calling for a limited number of staff members on a rotation basis which were earlier issued to facilitate the control of the COVID-19 virus.

Since March 2020 public service has been hampered to a great extent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, even during the height of the pandemic the Government ensured public service without interruption and circulars were issued from time to time making necessary changes under the instructions of health and other relevant authorities.

The Government earlier gave permission to heads of Institutions to decide to call the minimum staff required to carry out the functions of the Government without interruption, for service. However, every officer was asked to be prepared to perform the tasks relevant to his/her duties online even on the days on which the officer is not called for duty under the normal duty roster. Also Government institutions were instructed to take actions at all times possible to meet the requirements of the service recipients through online methods as public access to institutions had been limited.

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