To cope with the acute power shortage resulting from deficient rainfall across Punjab,the state government on Sunday decided to change the office timings from 8 am to 2 pm without a lunch break in all government offices,boards and corporations till further orders with effect from August 1.
A spokesperson of the Chief Ministers Office said that in another significant decision,the state government has also banned the use of air-conditioners in all government offices,boards and corporations with immediate effect.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had asked the chief secretary to issue the detailed instructions to the district administration in this regard for ensuring necessary steps to curtail power consumption in this hour of crisis as 65 per cent deficit over normal rainfall has been reported till date,the spokesperson added.
All the districts heads of the offices will be solely responsible for ensuring strict compliance of these instructions. These instructions will also be applicable to the camp offices of divisional commissioners,deputy commissioners and SSPs besides the commissioners of the municipal corporations of the state.
The spokesman said that supply of drinking water will be ensured at the doorsteps of the residents in the cities and towns through water tankers,so that safe potable water could be provided to the people,especially in the wake of water-borne diseases. All SDMs have been made responsible to ensure smooth supply of safe drinking water through tankers in the localities within their jurisdiction.