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You may miss your salary if you are not vaccinated, Assam govt orders to ascertain vaccination status of employees

GUWAHATI: The Assam government has ordered all departmental heads to check the vaccination status of certain frontline government servants before paying the monthly salary/remuneration from the current month onwards.

In a notification issued this evening, the Assam State Disaster Management (ASDM) said that despite the fact that the government of Assam’s health department has arranged for large-scale vaccination of all eligible age groups, both on and off line, many frontline government servantsincluding contractual 86 fixed-pay employees, have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, despite their registration in the COWIN portal.

It said that non-vaccination of such frontline government employees may result in the virus spreading further,  may result in the virus spreading further, endangering the lives of ordinary individuals, especially the vulnerable groups like infants, pregnant women, etc.

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Therefore, in the exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 22 (2) (b) and (j) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned, in his capacity as chairperson, state executive committee of the State Disaster Management Authority directed all departmental heads to ascertain the vaccination status of such frontline government servants.

“The situation of COVID-19 in the State has been reviewed and observed that, though the number of COVID-19 patients and positivity rate is declining in some districts, the overall situation is still a matter of concern for which adequate containment measures are still necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State,” the order read.

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