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Nepal Rules-Out Immediate Change To 2-Day Weekends

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2022
Most recent follow-up news item: June 6, 2022

The Secretary at the Nepalese Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, Suresh Adhikari, has announced that though the passage to 2-day weekends was discussed at the April 7 Council of Ministers meeting, no final decision has been made, and therefore Sunday, April 17, 2022, remains a working day throughout Nepal.

Recall that, late last month (2022-03-29), the Nepal Oil Corporation proposed to the Nepalese Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies that a public holiday be observed on Sunday along with Saturday to reduce fuel consumption, thus extending Nepal's weekend from 1 to 2 days.

Nepal has observed a one-day weekend on Saturdays, for decades, apart for a brief interval in 2000-2001 (2001-01-13), when a two-day weekend was tried.

The idea of a two-day weekend in Nepal resurfaced a decade ago (2009-07-25 and 2009-02-05), and more recently at the end of 2020, when a committee of the Nepalese Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, recommended to the government that it implement a two-day weekly holiday for employees.

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