by Staff Correspondent,
Dhaka – The cabinet has decided to cut back working hours at the government offices to minimize the energy crises amid the soaring fuel prices in the global market, a top official said on Monday.
The decision to reduce working time by one hour at public offices and autonomous bodies came as part of the government’s many austerity measures to face the challenges emanating from the global inflation triggered by the Russian invasion in Ukraine.
The war caused soaring prices of oil and gas that caused difficult situation for most of the developing nations.
Bangladeshi cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, at its weekly meeting decided suggested a new office timing from 8 am to 3 pm on weekdays (from Sunday to Thursday) instead of 9 am to 5 pm, cabinet secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said.
The new office timing will come into force on Wednesday, he said.
“The directive will remain effective until the energy situation comes at a comfortable level,” Islam said.
He, however, did not mention anything about the private offices or businesses as to how long they will remain operative on the weekdays (from Sunday to Thursday).
The meeting asked the education ministry to introduce two days of weekend instead of one day at every schools and educational institutions.
The government has earlier ordered rolling power cut for one hour every day, asked thousands of mosques to refrain from using air conditioners other than during prayer times to save energy.
It also discouraged imports of non-essential products, reduced development spending and asked officials to ration car use to help reduce the pressure on foreign exchange reserves.