Public Sector Friday holiday cancelled

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The Cabinet has approved the cancellation of a circular declaring Friday as a holiday for public sector employees.

Public sector employees had been asked to engage in farming in their backyards, using this holiday.

Accordingly, the Public Administration Circular No. 15/2022, dated 15 June, 2022, will be revoked with immediate effect, as public transportation services have resumed normalcy.

Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardana said the Cabinet approved the closing of State sector offices on Fridays because it had become difficult for the employees to find transportation facilities, due to the current fuel shortage, as well as a mechanism to address possible food scarcity in the future.

The Public Administration Circular No. 15/2022, dated 15 June includes the aforementioned instructions and has a three-month validity/effective period.

However, the Cabinet approved the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Paper as the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils, and Local Government, to cancel it with immediate effect, given that public transportation has been normalised and a sufficient period has been set aside to engage in preliminary agricultural activities.

BY Thameenah Razeek