Govt decides against six-day working week in cabinet huddle

Published: August 24, 2018
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Prime Minister Imran Khan at a meeting of the federal cabinet. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

Prime Minister Imran Khan at a meeting of the federal cabinet. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan at a meeting of the federal cabinet. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD: Following his maiden visit to the Foreign Office, Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired his second cabinet meeting at PM Office (PMO) in the federal capital.

The federal cabinet discussed seven-point agenda including abolition of discretionary funds, overseas visits, load-shedding, audit of mass transport projects, tree plantation, country-wide cleanliness drive and proposal of six working days for government offices.

However, it decided against increasing the duration of current working week by a day in the meeting.

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Earlier in the day, PM Imran held separate meetings with Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan.

Qaiser greeted the prime minister on Eidul Azhar and felicitated him on assuming office.
According to a statement from the PMO, the two leaders discussed legislative business in the Parliament. “The people of Pakistan have great expectations from the assembly of Pakistan,” said PM Imran.

Reiterating austerity, Imran urged for a decrease in the assembly’s expenses. “All efforts would be made for smooth conduct of legislative business and expeditious resolution of core issues of the people,” ensured Speaker Qaiser.

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In the meeting with Sanjrani and CM Khan, PM Imran discussed matter related to security and development in Balochistan.

PHOTO: EXPRESS

PHOTO: EXPRESS

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Qadir
    Aug 24, 2018 - 4:01PM

    2 holidays are being practiced worldwide and are allowed to facilitate serving officials attend their personal affairs. It would be unwise to abondon this. Did 6 working days earlier produce any good result? No! We need to make our systems and human resource efficient rather, increasing number of working hours. With inefficient systems, even 7 working days would not produce different result.Recommend

  • ZZQ
    Aug 24, 2018 - 4:41PM

    Shouldn’t the government focus on improving the work culture and attitude of Government offices rather than making it a six day work week?

    A zero remains a zero no matter how many zeroes you add up. So why add another work day? Improve the productivity and sense of respobsibility Recommend

  • M.Emad
    Aug 24, 2018 - 5:39PM

    In a country plagued by issues. Adding an extra day to working week is not such a bad idea, though it must be a paid. The salaries must be adjusted to compensate for the extra days.Recommend

  • Solangi
    Aug 24, 2018 - 5:41PM

    This will be proved bad practice because in many countries 2 days not effect the work. But we want this negative change then we will be with this system.

    We want change negative or positive we do not know.Recommend

  • Laal
    Aug 24, 2018 - 5:56PM

    Very good moves. Especially six days work week. It will help implement the agenda of corruption elimination and improve access of poor people to bureaucrats. Recommend

  • Awais
    Aug 24, 2018 - 8:07PM

    6 days work week means the office workers will have less down time meaning more stress at work and no time to unwind and recuperate. Work smart not hard that should be the focus of the new government. Recommend

  • Qadir
    Aug 25, 2018 - 10:01PM

    In the end, a good decision by government to continue with 2 holidays! We should ensure that everyone is working, rather taxing the people who work.Recommend

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