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Operate Govt Offices from 7:30 am to 2 pm: Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday said that starting from 2 May, all government offices in the state will operate from 7:30 am to 2 pm. “I will also reach my office at 7.30 am,” the Punjab CM said.

At present, the office timings of the state government departments is 9 am to 5 pm.

“The Punjab government has decided that from May 2, all the government offices will open at 7.30 am and close at 2 pm,” Mann said in a video message.

The new office timing will remain in force till 15 July, he said.

Mann said the decision was taken following discussions with many people, including state government employees.

The change in office timings during summer will ease the load on electricity demand, he added.

“Power utility Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has stated that peak load (of electricity) starts after 1.30 pm and if government offices are shut at 2 pm, then it will help in reducing peak load by 300 to 350 MW,” the chief minister said.