No 4th Saturday off for govt employees says Kerala CM

The chief minister rejected the proposal for holiday on the fourth Saturday due to opposition from service organisations affiliated with Left, UDF, and BJP, along with employees' protests against reduction of casual leaves and amendment to compassionate employment scheme.

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The proposal to declare the fourth Saturday of every month as a holiday for government employees has been rejected by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. This decision was made in response to the opposition of all service organisations affiliated with the Left, UDF, and BJP. Chief Secretary VP Joy had previously convened a meeting of service organisations to discuss the proposal, which included extending regular office hours by 15 minutes on other weekdays and reducing the number of casual leaves from 20 to 15 per year.

The service organisations strongly opposed the proposal, leading to the reduction of the number of casual leaves from five to two. Despite this, employees continued to oppose the proposal, including the amendment to the compassionate employment scheme. The scheme offers a government job to the legal heirs of government employees who lose their life while in service. The proposal suggested that claimants could be offered employment if they applied within one year of the employee’s death, after which they would receive compensation of Rs 10 lakhs instead.

The rejection of this proposal is likely to disappoint government employees who were hoping to have more time off. However, it is important to note that the decision was made after careful consideration of the opinions of all relevant parties. While it may seem like a setback, the government is committed to finding ways to improve the welfare of its employees without compromising the efficiency of its services. As such, it is likely that alternative proposals will be considered in the future to ensure that both the government and its employees benefit.

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