Maharashtra government has approved 5 day week for state government employees. The decision was taken in Maharashtra cabinet meeting today and will be applicable from February 29. The government is of the view that the new structure would not only improve the quality of life of its employees but will also cut down expenses on fuel and electricity. Maharashtra Government employees presently get second and fourth Saturdays off every month.Maharashtra government approves five-day week for all its employees. They will have to work 45 minutes more every day to compensate for the Saturday holiday.
The new work hours will be from 9.45 am to 6.15 pm including the lunch break for 30 minutes between 1 pm and 2 pm. The Cabinet also decided that the state department for OBCs, SEBCs (socially and educationally backward classes), VJNTs (vimukt jati and nomadic tribes) and special backward classes will now be known as the ‘Bahujan Kalyan Department’.