Coronavirus | ICF tells staff to take the shot or go on leave

Staff at a workshop in Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory. File   | Photo Credit: THE HINDU

In a bid to contain the surge in COVID-19 infections, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here has announced that staff aged above 45 years would be allowed to attend office only if they get vaccinated. Employees who are not getting themselves vaccinated should go on leave.

ICF, the largest coach-making facility in the world, has over 9,000 employees.

In an order issued on Monday, the management referred to a circular of the Department of Personnel & Training and said all Central Government employees of the age of 45 and above should get themselves vaccinated.

“It is informed, they can attend the office only after getting vaccinated. Employees not getting vaccinated will have to avail leave,” the order, which had the approval of the competent authority, said.

Asking employees to follow safety protocol like using hand sanitisers, wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing, the ICF commenced enumeration of officers/staff who had got the vaccination done. “We are surprised by the order that those who haven’t got vaccinated cannot go to work. This seems to be an attempt to force employees to take the shot…,” a senior ICF official said.

SOP issued

In a detailed Standard Operating Procedure, the ICF said if four or more employees working in different groups tested positive for COVID-19, the shop/office should be closed for 48 hours for deep disinfection procedure. In case a family member of an employee tests positive to the virus, he/she should not come for duty and self-quarantine till such time the family member tests negative. The employee will be under self-quarantine for the same period.

As regards employees coming from other States/Union Territory, except Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Puducherry, they would have to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

In case of death of an employee declared COVID-19 positive, the State government would conduct the cremation/burial and no outsiders or friends would be allowed to attend the funeral or pay their last respects to the deceased employee. All employees were advised to pay their respects and condolences by phone. “It is strongly recommended that they should not attempt to visit the residence of the deceased COVID-19 positive employee or visit the family members, as this would increase the risk of infection…,” the SOP said.

In a related development, the Southern Railway has decided to function with 50% minimum attendance at the Zonal Headquarters and Construction Wing here while the remaining staff would work from home with effect from April 15, 2021 till the month end.

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