Kabul: Government employees vulnerable to the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, like those aged 55 and above; those with chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease and cancer) and pregnant women (4 months and older), will get a two-week leave starting Sunday in the capital and provinces, announced the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCC) after the suggestion of the Ministry of Public Health.
According to the commission, employees of the Ministry of Public Health are an exception. The move is aimed at preventing the spread of the third wave of the coronavirus. The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission has said that these employees can work from home.
According to the commission, employees with signature qualifications are required to be present at the office, and other civil servants will carry out their duties in the office in accordance with health measures. The Commission has stated that employees who perform their duties in accordance with this guideline are entitled to all rights and privileges, such as when they are in office, and their absence from office is not considered leave and is not deducted from their annual leave.
Earlier, educational institutions in 16 provinces of the country were on leave for two weeks. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said there will be no severe restrictions.