The Assam government has withdrawn the relaxation given to its women employees who are pregnant or have children below three years of age from attending office physically.

An order issued on Friday by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that the decision has been taken in view of improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the state.

The COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the state — with 95 per cent of the eligible population having already received the first dose — has also led the government to make attendance by all employees compulsory, said the order.

The order signed by Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua, in his capacity as the chairperson of ASDMA, said, “The relaxation issued for pregnant women employees and women employees with children of 3 years or below working under any government/ PSU/ financial institutions/ private organisations shall stand withdrawn.”

It further said that all government servants, whether contractual or on fixed pay, will have to attend office, except those on authorized leave.

The order said these decisions were taken as the “overall scenario in the state has considerably improved”.

Moreover, 95 per cent of the total eligible population in the state has already received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 31 per cent have taken both doses, it said.

Many districts are nearing saturation with regards to vaccination of the eligible population, the order stated.

Earlier on April 20, 2021, ASDMA in an order had allowed women employees with children below five years of age and pregnant employees to work from home.

It was later modified on August 17 and, besides the pregnant employees, women employees with children below three years of age were given the relaxation.

It was, however, not applicable for those engaged in emergency services.

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