Mumbai :  There is a possibility of the state government employees being extended the privilege of a five-day week. The proposal has been sent forwarded by the General Administration Department to the Chief Secretary. However, the finance and management departments have certain reservations.

The state government employees’ union rakes up the demand for a five-day week every few years. A proposal in this regard had been made in 2003 during former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s tenure as well. However, he did not take any decision. In the run-up to the general election, the demand is likely to snowball. It is notable that MMRDA and CIDCO, both of which are state government undertaking, already have a five-day week. State government employees in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh also have a five-day week. Against this backdrop, the General Administration Department has drafted a proposal under which the working hours would be enhanced by one hour daily. This will offset the time lost on account of a holiday on Saturday. The office timing on weekdays, in that case, would be 9.00 AM to 6 PM.

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