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State government employees may soon have a Five-day working week

While the state government employees will have a five-day week, they will have to work for an additional 45 minutes daily at the workplace, which means 3.75 additional hours in a week

State government employees may soon have a Five-day working week
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Soon, the state government employees may have the luxury to not work on weekends and only have a five-day week. This is similar to what their counterparts in the Union government enjoy. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has given a nod to idea and has asked proposal to be submitted for cabinet approval.

While the state government employees will have a five-day week, they will have to work for an additional 45 minutes daily at the workplace, which means 3.75 additional hours in a week. However, all the emergency services will be excluded from the five-day work program.

One of the key reasons behind propelling the demand is to ensure better work-life balance and curb absenteeism. The program is expected to increase the employees' productivity and efficiency.

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The State Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisation held a meeting with CM Thackeray on Tuesday to voice their various pending demands. One of the key demands was a 5-day work week and holidays on all Saturday and Sundays.

At present, the state government employees are given holidays only on second and fourth Saturdays. As per an officer present in the meeting, the demand for five-week day was raised and attention was also drawn to a study conducted to look at the modalities of the arrangement. He added that the same was conveyed to CM Thackeray and he agreed to the proposal after hearing what all sides had to say.

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Previously, Chief Minister Fadnavis too had agreed in principle to a 5-day week but the final decision for the was not taken.

Meanwhile, the organisations had also put forward a proposal to allow an increase in retirement age from 58 to 60 years. However, CM Uddhav Thackeray did not promise them anything and simply said that he would think over this demand.

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