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Nagaland to ‘punish’ Govt employees found without COVID-19 vaccine certificate

KOHIMA: Non-vaccinated government employees in Nagaland now face the risk of not being paid salary after July 31 and being sent on an unpaid forced leave. They will have to produce COVID-19 negative certificates every 15 days to avoid this fate.

This strict crackdown on non-vaccinated employees is a part of the Nagaland government’s initiative to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

“The administrative head of departments/head of departments shall enforce the directive, and submit a report to the Home Department on or before 15th of every month, giving in detail the status of vaccination or submission of Covid-I9 negative test report, as the case may be, for all the employees/staff, and the salaries deducted on account of the staff/employees concerned availing leave without pay…,” said a July 17 order issued by state chief secretary J Alam.

Nagaland on Saturday notified Unlock-3, lifting some of the Covid-19 related restrictions imposed during the second wave of infections.

by allowing the reopening of colleges, higher secondary education institutions, and other in-house skill development facilities apart from several other activities.

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It also issued a set of guidelines for Covid containment measures, applicable from July 18 till August 1.

The guidelines said that the higher section of educational institutions will be allowed to reopen from July 26 on the condition that all teaching and non-teaching staff had been vaccinated against Covid-I9 and there’s strict adherence to government guidelines.

Public gatherings will be allowed up to a maximum of 50 and 100 persons for indoor and outdoor events respectively.

Restaurants have also been allowed to resume dine-in facilities with a maximum of 50% capacity, only if all the attendants and staff have been vaccinated with at least the first dose of a Covid-I9 vaccine.

The state will also allow asymptomatic and fully vaccinated returnees, travelers, and tourists through the point of entry without subjecting them to the Covid-19 test or quarantine.

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