ISLAMABAD   -   A decision on a summary moved by the Establishment Division for the change of office timings after holy month of Ramazan is yet to be taken by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Usually, in past, such notification regarding change of time is issued before the start of Eid-ul-Fitr holidays every year to avoid any uncertainty but this time situation is different and no formal notification in this regard has been made so far.

It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is very keen about the office timings in government departments and on his very first day in office he ordered to abolish two holidays in a week and subsequently Saturday is notified as full working day by the Establishment Division.

Sources inside the Establishment Division informed that a summary proposing two timings to observe in government offices has been forwarded to the Prime Minister Office last week.

According to details, Establishment Division has proposed 8:30am to 4:30pm for office hours if government will work five days in a week with two public holidays on Saturday and Sunday.

On the other side, if government will decide to continue to work six days in a week by abolishing a public holiday of Saturday then the division proposed office hours during 8:00am to 3:00pm but in that case offices will remain open for half day on Fridays and would work till 1:00pm only.

Earlier, government employees and staff of commercial banks protested in Karachi and Islamabad against the federal government’s decision of ending Saturday holiday.

The protesters pleaded that ending of Saturday holiday was adversely affecting their domestic and family life and requested to reverse the decision.

When contacted, a senior officer of the Establishment Division said that the summary is laying pending in Prime Minister’s Office and no decision has been taken upon it so far due to the Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia and UAE.

He however said whatever the decision will be taken on PM’s level, the Establishment Division will notify even during the Eid holidays.