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The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has informed all High Court Judges to ensure Court proceedings are carried out on all five days of the week, with the minimum staff, on a rotational basis.

This is following a Circular issued yesterday (16) by Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, M.M.P.K. Mayadunne, declaring Friday a holiday for State sector employees, applicable from 24 June.

According to the Circular directed to Secretaries to Ministries, Provincial Heads and Heads of Departments, Friday was declared as a holiday for a three-month period, considering the difficulties faced by employees to report to work due to the fuel crisis.

Further, State sector employees have also been encouraged to use this holiday to engage in home gardening due to the impending food crisis. The Circular is however inapplicable to State sector employees involved in essential services.

The Circular also provided for the adoption of a mechanism for the supervision of home gardening by Agriculture Research and Production Assistants and Economic Development Officers.It was also observed that on Fridays, the activities of State offices should be limited in a bid to conserve electricity, water, and other expenses.

The Circular also instructed to seek the recommendations of the Finance Secretary in the application of the Circular to State Enterprises. Further, if there are any public holidays during any day of the week other than Friday, State sector employees can be called to work as usual on Fridays.

Previously, Cabinet approved the proposal put forward by the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government to have a four-day work week.

By Faadhila Thassim