Government holiday on 4th Saturday every month in Karnataka to Government offices. The Karnataka Cabinet decided to declare fourth Saturdays a holiday for the state government employees in addition to second Saturdays.
According to sources, the decision would save a lot of money to the State exchequer since it would reduce consumption of electricity, water and fuel used by employees.
Pay Commission recommendation :
According to Rural Development Minister Krishna Byre Gowda this major decision was taken based on a recommendation of the State Pay Commission.
In 2011 the Pay Commission had recommended five-day week. There is no proposal to extend the working hours.
6th State Pay Commission :
This Pay Commission has been constituted to examine the present pay structure of employees of State Government, aided educational institutions, local bodies and non-teaching staff of the Universities and to recommend new pay structure which may be feasible.
The Commission is inviting responses to the Questionnaires from all the stake holders like employees, their associations and from officers. The Questionnaires are available in this website for reference.
Cut in other Government holidays :
The State Government employees will be loosing 7-8 Government holidays across categories in a year. The Government is likely to cut the annual casual leave quota from 15 to 10.
Though the Cabinet discussed about reducing festival and other holidays such as on the occasion of ‘jayantis’, it felt such a move might hurt sentiments of certain sections.
The Cabinet did not approve a long-pending recommendation to provide a 5-day work week.
Counselling for Grade C & D employees’ transfers :
To bring in transparency and to reduce corruption in transfers of Government employees, the Government decided to effect transfers of all Grade C & D employees through counseling from year 2020.
The government is planning to bring an amendment very soon to the Act governing transfers of employees.
Under the new system, the Government notifies the names of employees who are eligible for transfer. The places available for transfers are also notified. The employees are given the option of selecting the places.
Grade C employees are eligible to seek transfer after serving one place for 4 years and Grade D employees with a minimum of 7 years.