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Maharashtra government employees to work for five days a week from February 29

Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had given a nod to the idea and had asked for a proposal to be submitted for cabinet approval. The decision regarding this move was taken at the recently held state cabinet meeting.

Maharashtra government employees to work for five days a week from February 29
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CM Uddhav Thackeray in a recent announcement has given a sigh of relief for Maharashtra state government employees as the government on Wednesday announced a five-day working week for its employees. The decision was taken at the state Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Thackeray and this decision will be implemented from February 29, 2020.

Earlier, CM Thackeray had given a nod to the idea and had asked for a  proposal which was submitted for cabinet approval. After discussing the same with the authorities and the respective departments, a final nod was given by the Thackeray-led cabinet. The move is similar to the counterparts which employees in the Union government enjoy. 

The Cabinet has also taken a decision about establishing the state department for OBCs, SEBCs (socially and educationally backward classes), VJNTs (vimukt jati and nomadic tribes) and special backward classes. The unit will now be known as the 'Bahujan Kalyan Department'.

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.

The State Government Gazetted Officers’ Organisation held a meeting with CM Thackeray on February 4, 2020, 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. Earlier, the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had also agreed in principle for the same but a final decision for the same was not taken.

Currently, over 20 lakh officers and employees work in government, semi-government and local bodies in the state.

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