New office timings for Punjab workforce

From May 2 until July 15, state government departments will now operate from 7:30 am until 2 pm, a change from the previous 9 am to 5 pm shift. The move is expected to result in savings of approximately Rs 40-42 crore during the period

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The Punjab state government has implemented a new office timing schedule starting May 2 until July 15, changing the working hours from 9 am-5 pm to 7.30 am-2 pm.  

Bhagwant Mann, chief minister, Punjab has stated that this move is not solely intended for electricity consumption reduction but also aims to provide other benefits for employees and the public. Mann has reported that the decision to change office timings was made after discussions with employees and the public, and they agreed to the change. The change is expected to help save power and is estimated to result in a total savings of approximately Rs 40-42 crore during the period.

Mann said that the move would allow people to get their work done early in the morning, and they could then attend to their daily routine and other tasks. Additionally, the change in office timings is expected to help improve work efficiency as employees would come in a fresh mood, resulting in increased productivity. Mann added that other states have shown interest in implementing similar measures, and he has been approached by three to four states who have asked to share the results and benefits of the change.

Mann clarified that the decision to change office timings was not made solely based on electricity consumption reduction, but rather it was taken after considering various factors. The change in office timings has been coordinated with  school timings to ensure that parents or children are not inconvenienced in any way.

Mann stated that the government will review the results and feedback before deciding whether to extend the change beyond July 15.

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