The new BJP-led government’s five-day working week system was implemented from April 1 in every office under the Manipur government. Offices in the Northeast state will now onwards open from Monday to Friday.
Also, the new school hours which will be followed by all government, aided and private schools across the state have also been implemented from April 1.
The first cabinet meeting of the BJP-led government which was installed in Manipur with N Biren Singh as chief minister for the second consecutive term held on March 22 decided to implement the five-day working week for government offices, without affecting essential services.
While reducing the working days in a week, the cabinet further resolved to increase the working hours. Offices will now start at 9 am.
To sync with school timings and to enable proper home management as well as ease traffic congestion, school timings will also change with classes starting from 8 am.
The state government hopes that the new system would improve the output and productivity of government employees by providing much needed rest and rejuvenation on weekends. It further hopes that it will also enable adequate time for school children to productively use afternoon hours.
Accordingly, Manipur general administration department (GAD) had on March 26 issued an order fixing the working hours in government offices from 9 am to 5 pm with lunch break from 1 pm to 1.30 pm.
The same order of the GAD further fixed the school hours from 8 am with effect from April 1.
A notification issued by the Manipur education department on March 31 in line with the GAD order stated that the class hours for the pre-nursery will be from 8 am till 10 am while it will be 8 am to 12.30 pm for primary (I-V).
The clash hours for the upper primary (VI-VIII) will be from 8 am to 1.15 pm while it will be from 8 am to 2.15 pm for secondary and higher secondary (IX-XII).