As per the directive , Several Union ministers and senior officers returned to work in their offices in New Delhi . Among those seen were – Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Youth Affairs And Sports Kiren Rijiju, Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel were some of the early office-goers , along with other senior officials. All of them wore masks as mandatory for precaution.
All officers of the joint-secretary level and above had been asked to be present in the ministries along with one-third of the essential staff .
Kiren Rijiju visited the Sports Authority of India’s headquarter where senior officials and other essential staff resumed operations after more than a fortnight of working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister visited the SAI headquarters in New Delhi wearing a mask and sanitised his hands before entering the premises.
“The ministry has started its office with minimum staff because work has to go on. We are ensuring strict compliance of rules like social distancing, wearing masks and temperature checks,” Rijjiju said.
Besides Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, several ministers such as Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur were attending their offices during the lockdown