Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government restored six-day weekly work from May 18, and announced the functioning of government offices with 50 per cent staff strength on a shift basis.
Pointing that the fourth lockdown would continue until May 31, the State government announced that its offices, which had 33 per cent staff strength during the current third lockdown period, would operate with 50 per cent staff strength from May 18.
The government also announced dispensing with the existing system of five-days a week working system and restored the six-day week working system to make good the loss of working hours during the lockdown period and finish the pending works on a fast track.
The government employees would be divided into two groups, and they would come for work for two days before taking a break for two days when the other group of employees would come, an official release said on Friday.
The order would not be applicable to those residing in containment zones, but they should be in touch with their respective offices through electronic media, the government said. The government also announced the resumption of public transport services from May 18 for the convenience of the government employees.
The government is also set to reopen TASMAC shops, selling liquor from Saturday after the Supreme Court stayed the Madras High Court order, shutting down liquor shops on Friday.
Two days after the government had opened liquor shops on May 7, the High Court ordered the closure of the shops, after tipplers thronged the shops in large numbers, throwing personal and social distancing norms into the winds and failed to comply with the conditions imposed by the court.
The Supreme Court allowed the reopening of liquor shops after the government filed an appeal, challenging the High Court order. Meanwhile, TASMAC has come out with 'Colour Token System' to regulate the crowd at liquor shops.
Tokens have been printed in seven colours and those issued a particular colour token would be allowed to buy liquor on a particular day, earmarked for the colour of the token, officials clarified. Liquor shops, however, would remain shut in Chennai, which has emerged as the hot spot for COVID-19, officials said.
The government reopened the liquor shops amid opposition from various quarters as it has no choice for mobile revenues. Superstar Rajinikanth recently said that the AIADMK should forget the dream of coming back to power when it opened the liquor stores. Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan also criticised the reopening of liquor stores.