TN govt offices get ready for six-day working week: How will it be implemented

The Tamil Nadu government has brought back the six-day working week system, effective from May 18 and has increased the working strength in all its offices from 33% currently to 50% from Monday next, with employees working in three batches of two days each.

This will be implemented in all government offices from the Secretariat to district/field level offices including Commissions, Boards, Corporations, Universities, Companies, Institutions and Societies of the State government. A government order to this effect was issued on Friday afternoon. As per the orders, the offices will function six days a week including Saturdays, with the present office timings. The G.O. said necessary transport arrangements will be made.

“From May 18, in order to have regular functioning of government offices by maintaining social distancing in offices, the government directs that all government offices shall function with half the workforce in any given day. In addition, in order to compensate the working hours already lost, the government directed that a system of six-day working week including Saturdays as working days, with present office timings be brought into force,” read an order from the Revenue and Disaster Management Department.

As per the order, in the start of a week, “the first batch shall work for two days at a stretch (Monday and Tuesday) and the second batch shall work for the next two days (Wednesday and Thursday) followed by the first batch for the next two days (Friday and Saturday).”

All Group-A officers — staff in posts drawing level of pay from Rs. 59,300- 1,87,700 to Rs. 1,28,900- 2,25,000 (levels 25 to 32 in the pay matrix) and all Head of offices, irrespective of level in the pay matrix shall attend office on all working days, the government said.

“A system of level-jumping in the submission of files in the reporting hierarchy shall be put in place by the head of the department, if necessary. All officers and staff members shall always be available for official work and accessible through any electronic mode of communication,” said the order.