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Covid-19 casts shadow on U’khand secretariat

Many officers and employees suffering from the disease

The spurt in the number of the cases of the Covid-19 is also taking its toll on the functioning of many departments of state government. Many employees including senior officers of the state secretariat are reported to be suffering from the disease. On Monday the samples of principal secretary Anand Bardhan and secretary Dilip Jawalkar were reported positive for Covid-19. Jawalkar informed about his illness on social media and appealed to those who came into his contact recently to get themselves tested. The additional chief secretary Manisha Panwar and additional secretary S S Waldia too are suffering from the disease.

Meanwhile the Uttarakhand Secretariat Association has demanded that the rule of 50 per cent attendance should be implemented in the office.

The association has also said that a ban on entry of the outsiders in the secretariat should be reinforced. The President of the association Deepak Joshi said that the PRO and personal secretary (PS) of the chief minister were approached by the association on Monday for an official meeting with the CM. Apart from imposing restrictions in view of Covid-19, the association wants to raise issues like discrepancies in the golden card scheme and revoking the order of freezing the Dearness Allowance (DA).

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