Mumbai: In good news for Maharashtra employees, they will be entitled to a five-day work week from February 29, as per a decision of the state Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Further, in order to compensate for the loss of one working day, employees’ daily working hours will be increased by 45 minutes.

The move is expected to enhance the productivity of the government employees but would not adversely affect the working of the administration in any manner, said an official statement by the state government.

Presently, the state government’s around two million employees, plus government-run educational institutions, hospitals, local self-government bodies, and others, have an alternate Saturday off.

(With IANS inputs)