Cheer up Maharashtrians!!
The Maharashtra government has something exciting coming up for the State’s Government Employees. It has been officially announced, on Wednesday, by the Maharashtra government that from 29th February 2020 all the government officers and employees will enjoy 5-days working week i.e they will work five days in a week. Aren’t you Happy?
“With the five-day week, offices all over the state will have the same working hours. Lunchtime would be for the maximum 30 minutes between 1 pm and 2 pm,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.
The government has also extended the work hours by 45 minutes with an aim to improve the standard of life of the employees while cutting down expenses on electricity and fuel. Following the current 5-days work week plan of Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab government, the Maharashtra government is ready to offer the same to their government employees in the state. However, the state employees were demanding the 5-day working week past many years.
“Due to the five-day workweek, the total workdays in a year will be 264, while the working hours per month will be 176 and 2112 hours in a year,” the CMO said.
Besides, another prime decision taken by the state cabinet meeting headed by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray was that the state department for SEBCs (Socially and Educationally Backward Classes), OBCs, special backward classes and VJNTs (Vimukt Jati and Nomadic Tribes) will now be known as “Bahujan Kalyan department”. To be noted, there are over 20 lakh government employees & officers, semi-government and local bodies in the state and this step by Maharashtra government will prove to be a huge benefit.
The new rule, however, is not applicable to the offices covered under the Industrial Disputes Act, factory rules and others like the police and government colleges, fire brigade, polytechnic colleges and sanitation workers.
“Due to the five-day week, expenses on electricity, water, diesel and petrol will be saved. Government employees can now spend time with their families which will boost their quality of life,” the statement said.
At present, government employees working hours in Mumbai are – 9.44 am to 5.30 pm or 10 am to 5.45 pm including 30 minutes of lunchtime. Plus, the employees enjoy a week off every second and fourth Saturday.
The new working hours of government employees in Mumbai from 29th February will be from 9.45 am to 6.15 pm including 30 minutes of lunchtime. Peons working in the government departments have to report at their respective departments by 9.30 sharp every day.
“The Union government had then revised the office timings from 9.30 am to 6 pm, increasing office timings by 45 minutes every day. But employee associations had opposed the move. So, the five-day week plan was shelved in 1988,” a senior official said.
GD Kulthe, president of Maharashtra Gazetted Officers Association has appreciated this move by the Mumbai government (5-days working week). He said“The five-day week structure will benefit women employees. All government employees and officers’ associations have welcomed the decision,”.
“The five-day week system is not applicable to employees working essential services like Fire Brigade, Government colleges, engineering colleges, polytechnics, schools, police stations and departments engaged in sanitary services,” as per an official statement.
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