To tackle economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the government may cancel the weekly holiday on Saturday after the end of ongoing general holidays.
Farhad Hossain, state minister for Public Administration said on May 13 that the situation does not warrant for cancelling the holiday after 49 days of lockdown, reports bdnews24.com.
“We also have a practice of cutting down weekly holidays but we may surely do it if needed,” said he.
Two former cabinet secretaries also suggest taking the advantage of holiday cancellation after the end of lockdown to offset the financial losses incurred by almost all sectors, reports The Financial Express.
Bangladesh decided to impose nationwide lockdown on March 26 and extended it to May 30. Public transport system and educational institutions are also shut.
Note that coronavirus has infected 17,822 people and killed 269 others in Bangladesh until Wednesday morning.