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under the work pressure, state government employees have requested the Sixth Pay Commission to grant them a five-day working schedule and also a hike in their pay. Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association (KSGES) president BP Manjegowda told Bangalore Mirror that a five-day working schedule was a must as the work load and pressure can be too much to handle otherwise. “As of now, work load has increased on the present employees as about 2.80 lakh posts are lying vacant in various departments of the government. The memorandum has been submitted to the commission two months ago,” he explained.
If this demand is granted, Karnataka’s state government employees will not be the first ones in the country to get a five-day work schedule. It is already in force at the Centre and in some states. Manjegowda said that commission chairman MR Srinivasmurthy has assured him that the pros and cons of the memorandum would be studied and a report would be submitted to the government. “We have appealed that the working hours be changed from 10 am to 6 pm instead of 10 am to 5 pm and also cut lunch hours to half-an-hour instead of one hour to compensate for the additional holiday the association has sought,” he said. Srinivasmurthy told BM “various government employees’ associations have submitted several demands to the commissione. The commission has time till the end of January 2018 to study the demands and submit a report.
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