Only Cabinet can decide – Public Services Ministry

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By Faadhila Thassim 

It is up to the Cabinet to decide whether State sector workers could be allowed to work from home, in order to save electricity and fuel, Assistant Director (Media) at Ministry of Public Services Shantha R. Ranawaka said, following a request by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL). PUCSL requested to permit State sector employees to be allowed to work from home in view of managing the ongoing power cuts. However, the Government will have to make such a decision following which Cabinet approval has to be obtained, he added. 

“It is only after such an approval is sought that the Ministry can issue a circular in this regard”. Previously, a circular was sent to the public sector to conserve electricity and fuel including switching off air conditioners from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., by the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government, J.J.  Rathnasiri. The circular also directed closing offices after work hours and during weekends, except when essential. It also instructed to minimise the use of elevators and if so, depending on the capacity to run with a maximum number of persons following health guidelines.