Govt restores Saturday’s holiday in public sector offices

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The federal government has restored a two-day weekend by reinstating Saturday as a holiday in public sector offices.

In this respect, a proposal was put forward to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at a federal cabinet meeting held yesterday in Islamabad.

The proposal was sent by the Power Division as part of its energy conservation plan to address a growing electricity shortage.

In addition, the Power Division has also proposed various measures, including changes to market hours.

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The development came one day after the Minister of Defense, Khawaja Asif, proposed to the government to promulgate a 4.5-day workweek and to declare Friday half-day and Saturday and Sunday as holidays.

It is noteworthy here that a similar summary was sent to the federal cabinet a couple of weeks ago.

However, the Prime Minister rejected the proposal at the cabinet meeting held prior to his departure for Turkey on a three-day state visit.

Shortly after being elected earlier in April, Prime Minister Shehbaz had ordered to end of Saturday’s holiday, saying that only Sunday will be observed as a holiday in government offices and educational institutes.

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