Two weekly holidays unwelcomed
'Cutting the head to cure the headache',
Chitral --Announcement by the
government of introducing two weekly holidays has been taken with a
pinch of salt by the people in Chitral. talking to CN many said there is
already lack of work and inefficiency in the offices with six working
days and reducing another working day would further aggravate the under
productivity of the offices. Educated people said we cannot blindly copy
the west where five working days are in vogue, as there, climatic
condition and working habits are different to us.
Here in Pakistan at 12 pm in
every office people leave work on the pretext that they are preparing
for prayers (whether they are praying or not is immaterial) and which
cannot be challenged by any one as a taboo.. Then it is time to pack up
so practically offices work from 9 to 12. Some NGOs ,Banks etc where
working hours stretch till 4 pm, even there, one can visibly see
unproductive atmosphere after lunch as sloppiness sets in and office
workers display exhaustion and irritation.
The best way to tackle the
electricity problem without compromising on office work output is to
start office hours at 0700 hours and close at 1300 hrs without any
break. Payers can be offered after office hours as there is ample time.
Weekly holiday on Sunday should be done away with and offices remain
open seven days a week. However as an internal arrangement, workers can
be given weekly off days in rotation so that the office remains open and
workers have weekly off too.
To save electricity air
conditioners should be totally banned from offices until the problem is
solved. By saying air conditioners will not be put on before 1100 hrs
means nothing, as who is going to check every office when the AC was put
on?, and given the general state of honesty, one can safely multiply
this energy saving step with zero..
The energy saving measures
announced by the government are too little and too late. The pressure
has again been put on the public by closing offices for two days , while
no mentionable personal sacrifice has been made by those in authority.
--(CN report, 23 Apr 10)