Govt Office shall remain Open in view of Pen Down on 20th and 21st February, 2023


No. 731-F(P2) Dated : 18th February, 2023


In view of call given by some organisations for pen-down/ strike on the 20th February, 2023 (Monday) and the 21st February, 2023 (Tuesday) it has been decided that all State Government Offices including those provided with Grants-in-Aid by the State Government including educational institutions shall remain open as usual and all the employees must report for duty on those dates. It has been decided that no Casual Leave for absence either in the 1st half of the day or in the second half or for the whole day nor any other leave shall be granted to any employee on those dates. The employees who were on leave on 17.02.2023 shall have to report for duty on the 20th February, 2023.

It is further notified that absence of employees on those days will be treated as ‘dies-non’ (break in service) and no salary will be admissible unless such absence is covered by the following grounds:

a) Hospitalisation of the employees;
b) Bereavement in the family;
c) Severe illness and absence continuing prior to the 17th February, 2023.
d) Employees who had been on Child Care Leave, Maternity Leave, Medical Leave and Earned Leave sanctioned prior to the the 17th February, 2023.

All Heads of Offices/Controlling Authorities concerned will issue Show-Cause notice to the employee(s) concerned who will remain absent on the 20th February, 2023 (Monday) or 21st February, 2023 (Tuesday) or both days asking him/her to explain why action would not be taken against him/her for such unauthorised absence. On receipt of satisfactory reply, leave due and admissible may be granted on production of documentary evidence on the grounds mentioned above.

Where the absence is not covered by any of the above-mentioned reasons and the leave has not been approved, the same will be treated as ‘dies non’ (break in service) and no salary will be admissible for the above-mentioned days.

Those who will not respond to the Show-Cause notice will be liable to disciplinary action.
All course of action in terms of this order should be completed by the 28th February, 2023 (Tuesday) and compliance report on action taken should be sent to this Department.

Sd/- Dr. Manoj Pant
Additional Chief Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal

No. 731-F dated 18.02.2023, Source

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