Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has made certain relaxation in restrictions imposed by it on functioning of industries and commercial establishments from April 20 this year in response to requests made by some industrial enterprises and industrial associations, informed, Information & Public Relations (I&PR) Secretary Sanjay Singh today.
“In a significant step, the State Government through an order today made some relaxation in the working hours. Earlier, the rule was that an adult worker was required to work for eight hours and 48 hours in a week. Now it has been relaxed and it is increased by additional four hours making it 12 hours a day and 72 hours a week and one day holiday,” said Singh addressing the scheduled press briefing on COVID-19 at the Geeta Govind Sadan here.
One shift can’t be more than six hours in duration and between two shifts rest of half an hour is allowed, he added.
That apart, unless there is specific permission women workers cannot be engaged in factories from 7 PM till 6 AM, he clarified.
Singh stated that for the increased working hours of extra four hours, the State Government has said that overtime will be payable for the four hours and in a week a maximum of 24 hours overtime can be done.
However, over and above COVID-19 guidelines will be applicable, he added.
The I&PR Secretary said that the relaxations have been made to make up for manhours lost during the lockdown period which has been in effect in the State since March 22, the day of the ‘janata curfew’ till date.
This has severely affected production in industries as well as resulted in economic loss, he added.