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Nepal To Consider Return To 1-Day Weekends

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Most recent follow-up news item: June 6, 2022

The Nepalese Secretary at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, Suresh Adhikari, has stated that the government of Nepal is preparing to review its recent decision to go for a two-day weekend, barely a week after it was implemented, after it received complaints that it was unworkable.

In March, the Nepal Oil Corporation proposed to the Nepalese Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies that Nepalese weekends be extended to Saturday-Sunday, to reduce fuel consumption (2022-03-29), and a couple of weeks later, the Secretary at the Nepalese Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, Suresh Adhikari, announced that the passage to 2-day weekends had been discussed at the April 7 Council of Ministers meeting (2022-04-16).

The final decision to transition to a 2-day weekend in Nepal ("A cabinet meeting on April 26 decided to implement the two-day public holidays in a week effective from May 15 on a trial basis") was then announced by the Nepalese minister for communication and information technology, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, in late April (2022-04-27).

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

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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