Bhubaneswar: Heads of all offices irrespective of being Government or private will be henceforth liable for legal action on failure to enforce Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in offices issued by Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Department today.
“In all offices government and private, the obligation is on the head of the office for enforcement of SOP issued by the H&FW Department. In the event of several cases being detected and after audit it is found that the reason is lack of enforcement of guideline then action will be taken against the head of the office under the Disaster Management Act irrespective of it being government or private office,” stated Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy addressing a presser here at the Geeta Govinda Sadan to announce the new State COVID Management Guideline.
“Legal responsibility of the head of the office will be invoked,” Tripathy warned.
Sub-clause (j) of Clause (8) of the new State COVID Management Guideline to come into effect from tomorrow (July 1) released this evening says, “Obligation of Heads of Offices: All offices, Government and Private, must ensure adherence to the SOP on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in offices issued by Department of H&FW, Government of Odisha dated 30th June 2020. Non-adherence to these guidelines will invite action under appropriate provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005″.
Asit Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Odisha
Guidelines issued by the H&FW Department: