The Ministry of Public Administration and Management yesterday issued a circular changing the office hours of government institutions in the Battaramulla area to 7.15 a.m to 3.15 p.m. from September 18.
Secretary to the Ministry J. J. Rathanasiri speaking exclusively to the Daily Mirror said the steps were taken to support measures taken by the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry to reduce the traffic congestion in the area.
“This is a pilot project which works hand in hand with the priority bus lane project implemented by the Megapolis Ministry,” Rathnasiri said.
The project will also ensure employees arrive at their office under designated service hours which will be decided by the heads of departments. 9. 15 a.m to 3. 15 p.m are compulsory working hours, he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Director of the Megpolis Ministry’s Transport Development Project P. Dissanayake said the main aim of the project was to reduce the number of office workers on the road during peak hours.
“Under this project employees go to work ahead of others and leave office before peak traffic,” he said.
The project will only be implemented in the Battaramulla area as of now as it is a pilot project, but officials are looking to introduce the new working hours to private sector as well in the future.
Various government plans have established the vicinity as the administrative center of the capital with government institutions to be shifted to the area soon. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
concern Thursday, 7 September 2017 06:45
From 8 hours minus tea breaks and lunch break and short leave will be very productive to the public.
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Chandana Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:09
Now they will take 1 hr break for breakfast and start at 8.15 or even 9am anyway.
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wije Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:29
If more and more trains run from Homagama to Colombo traffic congestion will be reduced drastically may be about 30%.Best thing is to allow private trains and it will operate as 138 bus and people will have good transport while traffic congestion solved.
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Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:02
Wise decision, thanks to Megapolis Minister.
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L. P. Mendis Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:04
For sure this will reduce the traffic conjections, good idea.
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Samson Samaranayake Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:06
While developing the nation, such bright plans are very vital. All the credit should reach Hon. Minister Champika. (Megapolis)
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B S Perera Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:06
If this going to be "Flexible Hours", it will create more chaos.When clerk is there, boss will not be there to sign papers or take a decision and when boss is available, clerk won't be there.
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Dennis Reeves Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:08
Well when they start at 7.15 am, the staff should not waste their time in the canteen when the people standard for their services.
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S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:08
Go ahead Sir, very good move.
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Aladeniya Kirimathaya Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:10
It will be difficult for the lazy Govt. servants.... can't help, they should adhere for it.
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Dam Thursday, 7 September 2017 09:20
This country will never develop ... Sad but that is the truthNever come on timeEven during this 8 hours - take out lunch
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Kumara Dharmarathne Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:01
This is a very good move which help tremendously the workers and non workers. One more thing government has to look into, that whether the government servants are working the entire hours which they are supposed to. If they are not country will not go forward. Private sector employees work their complete hours. We take our hats off to them.
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ANTON Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:03
NOW THEY WILL PLAY COMPUTER GAMES FROM FROM 7.15 AM TO 9.15 AM.
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TMA Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:25
Can't wake up this early. We'll just strike and put an end to this
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Tax Payer Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:50
This also means that many of the Govt department employees will be in the 'go home mode' from 2.00 pm, each working day. Why not have them start at 6.30 am so that these bums can leave by 1.30 pm with their kids after school?
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Rasheed Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:53
This will make it worse, clashing with the School traffic.
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Raj Thursday, 7 September 2017 17:54
Some will continue their morning sleep in the office!
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Prof: Parkinson Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:34
Now with the new hours no work will be accomplished by government servants in Sri Lanka. This a good example of what Prof. Parkinson wrote about long time ago. "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion".
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