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Are the Government Office goers safe enough?

Dear Editor,
If statistics are to be looked at, Sikkim has one of the highest numbers of employees serving in the public sector. With this being the case, it is but apparent that the public interaction and dealing happens at regular intervals. Barring a few departments, most of the departments have a good record of public engagements and this is what Sikkim proudly boasts of.
Unlike larger states where there is a koshered distance between the public and public servants, especially at the higher echelons of power, Sikkim, till date, has a very easy entry and exit policy when the public visit office complexes. Meeting any officer, most of the times is relatively easier.
This is a boon for our state but could be a health impediment for the ones serving the public during times of COVID 19. Government officials could have the risk of coming in contact with someone who has a travel history but could have hidden it for reason best known to them. In such cases, they become unfortunate victims of the virus and hence a susceptible carrier of COVID 19.
In such case, it is but important that a few precautionary steps be taken by the Government so that office goers are also as safe as the others who have taken up social isolation for preventive care.
A few steps that the Government at this time needs to consider for the welfare of the office goers –
1.    Thermal Scanners mandatory at the entrance of Government offices and to be used on a daily basis for the office goers and also the public who visit the offices
2.    Reduce the number of employees coming to office and have skeletal workforce on a rotation basis so that employees could have more time to isolate themselves from larger and unknown public interface
3.    Make soap water/hand wash/hand sanitizer mandatory at the entrance of Government offices for staff as well as public to use
It might be impossible for the Government to lockdown the entire machinery, especially during the year end period, but with a few more precautionary steps taken towards reducing the risk to COVID 19 could go a long way in empathizing with the office going employees and protecting them against the virus.
Your’s etc,
Chief Learning Officer

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi