15 Telangana secretariat staff test Covid positive
Deccan Chronicle.| dc correspondent
Four employees each in medical and revenue departments were also tested positive
People stand in a queue to take Covid test from PHC at Kukatpally on Tuesday.(Photo:DC/ R. Pavan)
HYDERABAD: As many as 15 employees working in various departments of the Secretariat located in BRKR Bhavan were tested positive for Covid including education secretary Sandeep Kumar Sultania in the last two days. With this, employees and officials working in the Secretariat are jittery over-reporting to work.
Four employees each in medical and revenue departments were also tested positive. Employees said R&B secretary K.S. Sreenivasa Raju and health secretary Syed Ali Murtuza Rizvi were also tested positive but there was no official confirmation in this regard.
Employees are requesting the state government to implement 50 per cent attendance in the Secretariat on alternate days to check the spread of the virus. Major departments such as general administration, finance, law, minorities welfare, IT etc function from this building having a built-up area of just 1.6 lakh sq. ft.
Employees say that the scope for maintaining physical distancing is little given the limited space available in the building. In addition to existing staff, visitors thronging the Secretariat to meet officials on various works is also huge. Employees want restrictions on visitors until Covid situation improves.
Three employees working in the GAD principal secretary's office were tested positive over the past two days. With this, GAD principal secretary Vikas Raj went into home isolation.
The fear of transmission of virus in BRKR Bhavan impacted the attendance of employees on Tuesday. While some employees opted for leave, a few others sought permission to work from home.
Chief secretary Somesh Kumar reviewed Covid situation in BRKR Bhavan. He instructed staff to strictly follow Covid protocols like wearing of masks and avoid gatherings during lunch and tea breaks. Instructions were issued to sanitise building premises frequently.