Recently Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a five-day week for government employees. While this announcement received a mixed response from the employees.

As per the new directive, the five-day week will not apply to departments and services coming under the ‘A-List emergency category. This list includes the police department as well. And an anonymous letter hails this decision. However, the letter further states that police employees do not have the right to organize agitation or morchas to press for their demands like employees of other departments. It questions the difference injustice by accepting the demands of those agitating and indifference to the demands of those not having the right to agitate.

Employees of other departments also receive holidays at festivals. However, police employees have to conduct double duty on such days for security reasons which are all right. But there is no increase in salaries.

Even the raise as per the 7th Pay Commission is being given in a phased manner in five years. Therefore instead of a five-day week, the police employee has appealed to the government to give them the salary of one day against that week.

(With inputs from thelivenagpur)