Andhra Pradesh: Power staff barred from using mobile phones

Communication gadgets have become a veritable nuisance as employees are wasting their working hours on their mobile phones, thereby hampering the day-to-day office work, CPDCL stated

Press Trust of India September 27, 2022 11:55:37 IST
Andhra Pradesh: Power staff barred from using mobile phones

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Amaravati: In order to create a distraction-free environment in offices, employees working under Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Corporation Limited (CPDCL) will be barred from using their mobile phones while on duty from 1 October.

Communication gadgets have become a veritable nuisance as employees are wasting their working hours on their mobile phones, thereby hampering the day-to-day office work, CPDCL stated.

Accordingly, CPDCL chairman and managing director J Padma Reddy issued an order banning use of mobile phones by employees during office hours. Senior officers of the organisation, however, are exempted from the ban.

This is probably the first-of-its-kind order in any government organisation, official sources said.

From 1 October, computer operators, record assistants, typists, junior and senior assistants and outsourced employees working in all offices of the CPDCL will have to deposit their mobile phones while entering the workplace.

No employee will be allowed to take calls or messages while at work. They will be allowed to use their mobile phones only during lunch and tea breaks, the CMD said in her order.

Employees will have to notify the mobile phone number of their higher officers, to be contacted during any emergency.

All Chief General Managers, Superintending Engineers and General Managers should follow the instructions to create a distraction-free environment for all employees. If any employee is found not following the instructions, necessary disciplinary action will be initiated, the CMD said.

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