May 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to launch a pilot project introducing flexible working hours for the public sector currently serving in offices situated in Battaramulla area.
Initially the public sector workers in Battaramulla area will be given the opportunity to work under the project.
According to a recent study carried out in the Battaramulla administrative area for a three-month period from November 2016 up to January 2017, it has been found out that 58 percent of government officers use their private vehicles or official vehicles reach their offices.
The officers reach their offices from 7.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and leave their offices at the end of their duty hours from 3.00 p.m. up to 5.30 p.m.
Accordingly, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka has proposed to implement the pilot project with flexible working hours in offices situated around the Battaramulla area.
Under the project public sector workers can report for work, at any time between 7.30 a.m. up to 9.15 a.m. and leave those offices at any time between 3.15 p.m. up to 5.00 p.m. after completing the specified duty hours.
The cabinet of minister's has approved Minister Ranawaka's proposal to empower the Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration and Management to issue a Public Administration Circular regarding the implementation of the flexible working hours project.