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Nepalese Change To 2-Day Weekends On May 15

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Most recent follow-up news item: June 6, 2022

The Nepalese minister for communication and information technology, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, has announced that Cabinet had approved the passage 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").

Late last month, 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).

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, but that no final decision had yet been made (2022-04-16).

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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