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- Work hours slashed at secretariats, offices

Ranchi, Nov. 22: State employees working at the two secretariats and allied government offices will have two weekly offs from January 1.

Initially, the new schedule will be in force for a period of two months. And if it helps improve the work culture and output, it may be extended further.

However, in return, employees will have to work an hour extra from Monday to Friday. The total number of casual leaves too have been slashed to 12 a year from the existing 16.

The decisions were taken today at a Cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Hemant Soren.

“The secretariat and its allied offices will function from 10am to 6pm instead of 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. The offices of deputy commissioners and other officials will, however, stay open six days a week,” said principal secretary (Cabinet coordination) J.B. Tubid.

He added that the total work hours would remain almost the same.

The Cabinet also decided the dates, December 13-20, for the winter session of the Assembly. A notification to this effect will be issued after the governor’s approval.

Further, it cleared a proposal of Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation (JSMDC) to carry out mining on over 133.75 acres of Sikni coal bed in Latehar district for a period of 11 years.

In this regard, newly appointed JSMDC chairman Videsh Singh called on the chief minister today. He will assume charge on November 29.

These apart, the Cabinet approved Rs 38.67 crore for repair of Pattabari-Masanjore road in Dumka district, and transferred Chandrapura-Dugdha-Jamunia road project to the road construction department. It was with the rural works department.

To improve the functioning of Jharkhand State Public Service Commission, the Cabinet sanctioned 37 posts at different levels.

Another 12 posts for teachers of different ranks were sanctioned for BIT Sindri to fulfil AICTE requirements.