COVID-19: Odisha Govt Relaxes Leave Rules For 50+ Yrs Staff

24 March 2020


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today decided to relax Odisha Civil Services (Leave) Rules and grant commuted leave without production of medical certificate to those officials who are above 50 years of age and feel unwell due to symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The General Administration and Public Grievance Department has issued a letter to all Departments of Government, all Heads of Departments, all RDCs and all Collectors in this connection 

However, the relaxation applies only to those having underlying conditions like diabetes, respiratory problems, renal diseases, heart diseases and other life threatening illness for a period up to 4th April, so as to avoid unnecessary burden on the health care system, the letter says.

The letter adds that the instruction will be applicable to all State Government organizations including autonomous bodies/statutory bodies, PSUs and Corporations. 

The Department in its earlier order on March 19 had ordered that employees who feel unwell due to symptoms of Novel Corona Virus should leave work place and avail home quarantine for a period of 14 days as preventive measures to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus.