Not more than 50 percent of the employees of the Bangladesh Bank (BB) will be allowed to work from the office to curb the infection rate of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
All department heads of the central bank's head office, chief executives and general managers of other branches will distribute the responsibilities of the officials on a roster basis, read a BB press release on Thursday.
Earlier, in the wake of around 50 employees contracting Covid-19 and 100 other staff members exhibiting symptoms of the novel coronavirus, the Bangladesh Bank Officers' Welfare Council submitted a memorandum to the governor, requesting him to introduce alternate duty rosters on a weekly or biweekly basis.
"Around 50 out of more than 5,000 employees at the Bangladesh Bank head office have tested positive for Covid-19. Considering the country's average infection rate, this is not unusual. However, we are planning a work-from-home operation to bring down the number of infections to a minimum level," BB spokesperson and executive director Md Serajul Islam told The Business Standard.
From the very beginning, most of the commercial banks started to follow work-from-home during two-month-long general holidays, and even after the general holidays ended on May 31, they continued it, following social distancing rules suggested by the World Health Organization and the health ministry.
Mutual Trust Bank managing director Syed Mahbubur Rahman said, "We have to rearrange our workplaces to curb the infection rate among employees."
Padma Bank Limited, a fourth-generation bank, has set for 300 employees to work from home to maintain social distancing.