Tamil Nadu govt offices to revert to 5-day week from January 1

South India


Government offices in Tamil Nadu will revert to a five-day working week from January 2021 with 100 per cent strength, the state government said on Saturday.

In an order, it said the present six-day working week would be reverted to a five-day schedule.

"The present six-day work week including Saturday be modified and reverted to five-day work week with 100 per cent strength with effect from January 1, 2021," Chief Secretary K Shanmugam said in an order.

A government order dated May 15, 2020, had ordered all its offices to function with 50 per cent strength for six days a week in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Subsequently, they were allowed to function with full strength from September 1.

During the lockdown, the schedule for all government offices was made six days with 50 per cent staff strength. Subsequently, the offices were permitted to function with 100 per cent staff strength from November.

On October 1, the Tamil Nadu Government All Department Association’s Coordination Committee asked the state government to clarify its order on the six-day week pattern as the offices had returned to functioning with all employees. 

They alleged that there was lack of clarity on whether the temporary decision to work six days a week would be altered.

The state currently has 31,787 active cases of COVID-19. A total of 7,06,136 persons have tested positive in Tamil Nadu so far. The state also reported 10,893 deaths. 


With inputs from Agency

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