Odd pair: Delhi government announces staggered work hours of its offices

NEW DELHI: On Friday, it decided to stagger the work hours of its offices during the implementation of the 12-pair day scheme, a movement aimed at reducing traffic congestion and pollution in the city.

However, private offices in the national capital will not be under government order, with the prime minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that this is the first staggered office schedule experiment, but next time the AAP dispensation will consider the same for them.

This is the first staggered office hours experiment. Private offices are not included, but next time we will also consider the staggered times for them, Kejriwal said at a press conference here.

A senior official said that, on average, about 75 percent of government offices open at 9.30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., while the rest of the offices, such as health and education, open at 9 a.m.

According to an order issued by the general administration department, the work hours of a total of 42 government offices have been staggered, of which 21 have office hours of 10:30 p.m. at 7 p.m. and the rest of 9:30 a.m. at 6 p.m.

The order said that the new office hours will only be applicable during the odd scheme from November 4 to November 15.

Departments such as municipal corporations in Delhi, transportation, education management, higher education, irrigation and flood control, state election commission, information and publicity, special taxes and urban development will open at 10.30 a.m.

Another step of the Delhi government to combat air pollution. The office hours at ITO and have been staggered during the #OddEven Scheme from November 4 to 15 ..., the transport minister tweeted.

In September of this year, Kejriwal had met with the Vice Governor and said that Delhi would implement his suggestions to stagger working hours.