The government recently announce that a three-month pilot project for flexible working hours in Government offices, established in the Battaramulla area, is to be implemented from September 18.
The project is aimed at easing traffic congestion at rush hours.
A public administration circular has been issued last week informing the work plan of this project to all the Ministry Secretaries, Provincial Chief Secretaries and Department Heads.
As per the Circular, employees can report to work from 7.30 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. and depart between 3.15 p.m. to 5 p.m. after completing their working time.
“The drivers, minor employees and other officers should serve nine hours, eight hours and 45 minutes and seven hours and 45 minutes respectively from 7.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. All officers should compulsorily perform duties between 9.15 a.m. to 3.15 p.m. as per above prescribed working hours, in order to serve the public,” Public Administration and Management Ministry Secretary J.J. Rathnasiri stated.
“During the period in which flexible office hours are being implemented, the officers, who have agreed to consider office hours which are not his/her regular work¬ing hours, shall not be provided with the relief men¬tioned in Public Administration Circulars for delaying to report for duty and leaving from duty and to cover the period he/she delayed,” the Circular further stated.