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   May  13, 2014


Five days a week

The founder of Pakistan said "work, work and work" are the only key to success in life. But here in our country we only work five days per week half-heartedly and not with commitment. If a nation waste 3 precious days on weekly basis how can it compete with others in 21st century globalized world. In our country government announced two off days in a week that is Saturday and Sunday, while in case of Friday majority of the offices remain close after 12:00 (PM), while market remain close completely on Friday based on the old tradition. In case of Saturday Banks and some government offices also remain close which result serious problems for business community and common man. We have practiced this tradition for the last five years but no tangible result is achieved by remaining idle for three consecutive days. When ex-PPP government introduced this plan it did that for saving energy and reducing load shedding, but both of the objectives were not realized after five years.

Present government has not re-considered this issue for the last one year that how much economically we lose due to 5 days week. Economically and especially in terms of GDP: Growth less working result less output and less income. Another problem with these holidays is that it is selective and some offices carry out the practice while others enjoy the holiday which further aggravate the situation. Judiciary, Education and health department are not in the lope of holiday while in business sectors like banks and other business institutions remain close which further slow down economic growth in the country. Prime Minister Pakistan is humbly requested to reconsider on 5 days week and issue immediate directive for abolishing Saturday Holiday with immediate effect. Chain of holidays seriously affect economic activities especially closing of Banks result serious problems for business community. As business community usually carryout holiday on Friday while banks remain close on Saturday and Sunday. It means business activities remain disconnected for three days on weekly basis.

Nasir Mehmood
(Drosh) Chitral


mail @ chitraltimes@gmail.com

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