Chennai, May 18:
Tamil Nadu by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, who announced new relaxations under which government allowed the opening of offices with reduced staff, people were happy to see MTC buses plying.
Though many were in their two wheeler wearing a mask and topping it with helmet for safety, but many who travel by public transport were also happy to reach workplaces with adequate frequency of buses on city roads.
Tamil Nadu by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, who announced social distancing and lockdown to continue till May 31 and he had also announced the ‘six-day working week system’ for government employees to make up for the lost working days.
Further, the government offices so far functioning with 33 per cent employees, started functioning with 50 per cent employees from today..
Till now only the few from emergency service sectors Health, police, water, electricity, milk, secretariat staff were on duty but starting today more were asked to rejoin duty.
Earlier from March 25 MTC was plying 175 buses to cater to their travelling needs. Of that 25 buses were pressed into service to take passengers to secretariat and back every day.
As per Chief Minister’s new plan 50% of the government staff were asked to report to duty. to accomodate the increase in staff coming to work, MTC will ply extra 25 buses to secretariat.
From today the MTC fleet of 200 buses will originate from various key transit points including Tiruvanmiyur, Kotiivakkam, Kilkattalai, Nanganallur, Peters Colony, Guduvancherry, Maraimalai Nagar, Tambaram, Padi, Ambattur, Perambur, MMDA, Ennore, Nerkundram, Teynampet.
Government has also instructed MTC officials to ensure adequate buses in the coming days
MTC Managing Director K Ganesan has assured to increase the frequency of bus services depending on passenger increase.
The ‘six-day working week system’ isfollowed in all government offices from State secretariat to district/field level office including Commissions, Boards, Corporations, universities, companies, institutions, societies from today.
The departments such as police, health, district administration, local bodies etc., should continue to function as per the earlier instructions.
“In the start of the week, the first batch shall work for two days at a stretch, today and tomorrow and second batch shall work for next two days followed by the first batch for next two days. The off-duty staff should also attend office if called for” the G.O said.
“A system of level-jumping in the submission of files in the reporting hierarchy should be put in place by the head of the department, if necessary,” the G.O said, and pointed out that all staff members should always be available for official work and accessible through any electronic mode of communication.