6-day Week for Central Government Employees from now on…!
Central Government employees and those employed in various Central ministries, who had until now enjoyed a 5-day week have been advised to henceforth work 6 days a week. The system is expected to be shortly implemented to other departments too.
In the 1980s, when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister, central government offices worked on Saturdays too. It was Rajiv Gandhi, who had, on May 21, 1989, implemented the 5-day week system for central government employees. The system, which was in force for 25 years, is now being quietly changed. Since there could be a backlash from the employees, the scheme will most likely be implemented every alternative week in the initial stages. Talks are now on.
If the 6-day week plan is not implemented, then orders could be issued for the continuation of the current 5-day week with increased work hours for the employees of various central government ministries and offices.
Introduction of 5-day-week in the administrative offices of the Government of India
As per the DoPT office memorandum dated 21st May 1985, the Government of India are pleased to introduce 5-day week in the civil administrative offices of the Government of India with effect from 3rd June, 1985. such Government offices would now work for 5 days a week from Monday to Friday, with all Saturdays as closed. To make up for the closed Saturdays, the working hours per day during the 5 days of the week when the offices are open will be increased by an hour.
Accordingly, it has been decided to have the following office timings in the government offices in Delhi/New Delhi:-
|a)||Ministries/Departments of the Government of India||From 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with half an hour lunch break from 1.00 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.|
|b)||All other offices of the Government of India (Attached & subordinate offices).||From 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. with half an hour lunch break from 1.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.|