This State Announces 5-Day Working Week For All Govt Employees! How Will It Work?
The government of Manipur has announced that government offices will observe a five-day working week (Monday to Friday) along with new timings for summer and winter sessions.
In Line With Central Govt
The new rules apply to all offices, agencies, bodies and public sector undertakings (PSU) under the state government excluding vacation departments.
State Chief Minister N Biren Singh had made the announcement while listing out his government’s 100 action points to be taken up during its first 100 days in office.
The move will take effect from April 1, and will bring the Manipur government in alignment with the central government offices.
Summer And Winter Timings
The working hours from Monday to Friday for offices mentioned above will be from 9 am to 5.30 pm for summer (March to October).
The winter timing from November to February will be from 9 am to 5 pm.
Both the summer and winter seasons will have a lunch break from 1 pm to 1.30 pm.
School hours will start at 8 am in all state government/aided/private schools across the state from Monday to Saturday.
The Department of Education (Schools) will fix the length of school hours separately for various levels.
The 5 day workweek initiative is meant to improve the ‘work-life’ balance of employees, the Chief Minister said.
The new system will also improve output and productivity of government workers by giving them much-needed rest and rejuvenation on weekends.
It will also give school students adequate time to productively use afternoon hours.
School schedules will be adjusted to align with students, allowing for proper home management and reducing road congestion.
Office timings will be increased and adjusted with school timings for a smooth commute.
The five-day week for government offices will be implemented without affecting essential services.
Departments involved in essential services will prepare a roster system for employees for non-working days to ensure non-disruption of essential services.