In a recent development, Maharashtra government announces five-day working week for its officers, employees with effect from Feb 29.
State government employees had a 6-day work week prior to this decision with alternate Saturdays off. The employees had 2nd and 4th Saturday off and they had to work full-time on 1st and 3rd Saturday.
It is being reported in the media that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was keen to take such a decision. It is also being reported that Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar expressed reservations on such a move.
The five-day workweek is already in effect for employees of the Central Government. State employees unions in Maharashtra have been demanding such a provision for them for years.
Maharashtra State Cabinet paid heed to employee demands and took the decision in the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, February 12.