Nepal withdraws two-day weekend provision after a month-long experiment fails

File: Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
File: Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers

Kathmandu, June 6

The government has decided to discontinue the two-day weekend provision from mid-June. A cabinet meeting held on Monday made the decision.

The government had adopted a two-day weekend provision beginning from May 15.

The decision was primarily aimed at cutting down fuel consumption as the import of petroleum products was blamed for depleting the foreign exchange reserves of the country. The government had said the decision was provisional and wanted to try it for three months, but due to widespread criticism, the government withdrew its decision early.

Schools, colleges and universities had been against the government’s decision to implement a two-day weekend. Several municipalities were against it as it would affect its services.

Meanwhile, the government also restored its regular office hours from 10 am-5 pm. When the two-day weekly leave was declared, it was changed to 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

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