Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann stated on Saturday that all government offices in the state will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning May 2. “I will also arrive at my office at 7.30 a.m.,” the Punjab Chief Minister stated.
The state government agencies’ office hours are currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting from 2nd May, all government offices will operate from 7:30am till 2pm in the state: Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann pic.twitter.com/Twc5bid1P8
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“The Punjab government has decided that from May 2, all the government offices will open at 7.30 am and close at 2 pm,” Mann said in a video message.
The revised office hours will be in effect until July 15, he stated.
Mann stated that the decision was made after consultations with numerous people, including state government personnel.
He also stated that changing business hours during the summer will reduce the pressure on electricity demand.
“Power supply” The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has informed that peak load (of power) begins after 1.30 p.m., and closing government offices at 2 p.m. will help reduce peak load by 300 to 350 MW,” the chief minister added.
The state chief minister claimed on Friday that Punjab had cleared its total power subsidy bill of Rs. 20,200 crore for the previous fiscal year and had seen an increase in excise and GST revenue.
Mann told the media here that the state’s revenue for the fiscal year 2022-23 was 8,841 crore, a 41.41 percent increase over the previous year.
He said that Punjab’s financial situation was improving.
He claims that this is the first time that the entire subsidy bill for a fiscal year has been paid throughout the year.
“In 2022-23, which is the first year when the Punjab government paid the entire subsidy bill of ₹20,200 crore to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. Not even a single penny was pending towards PSPCL,” he said.