There has been a discussion in the country for some time that in the coming times, people will have to work only four days a week. The central government is planning for this. Today, on Wednesday, a question was asked about it in Parliament. In response to this, the Union Labor Minister said that the Center has no plans to start working for the offices four days a week or 40 hours.
Labor Minister Santosh Gangwar said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, “At present, there is no proposal to implement the arrangement for central government officials four days a week or 40 hours.”
He said, “Based on the recommendation of the Fourth Pay Commission, five days a week and eight and a half hours of work are done daily in the civil administrative offices of the Government of India.” The Seventh Central Pay Commission also retained its recommendation.
Earlier it was reported that under the new labor laws, it is possible to have a holiday of three days a week in the coming days. According to the Ministry of Labor, the central government is preparing to give an option of four working days a week and three days paid vacation with it. There were speculations that the new labor code would also include these options in the rules, on which the company and employees can decide by mutual agreement. Under the new rules, the government has included increasing the working hours to 12. The maximum working week limit is 48, so the working days can be reduced by five.
New rules of EPF: Giving further information on the announcement made in the budget on taxation of EPF, the Labor Secretary said that tax will be levied only on employee’s contribution for investing more than two and a half lakh rupees in it. The contribution from the company will not come under its purview or there will be no burden on it. Also, EPF and PPF cannot be added for the rebate. The government has taken this decision due to the large investment made by the people with higher salaries and increasing expenditure on interest. According to the Ministry of Labor, only one lakh 23 thousand shareholders out of 6 crore will be affected by these new rules.