Did Nirmala Sitaraman announce three days of weekly off as the new policy?


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Many posts are circulating on social media that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will propose to employers the option of reducing the number of weekly working days to four for workers who put in up to 12 hours a day on the sixth budget on February 1, 2024. The viral Instagram post has received more than 21k likes as of now while writing this article. You can view some Facebook posts with similar claims here and here.

What’s the truth?

By using relevant keywords, we looked for news reports on this proposal, but we were unable to locate any reliable sources indicating that an announcement of this kind would be included in the Union Budget on February 1, 2024.

Additionally, as we dug deeper into the matter, we discovered a press release issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) that refuted the claims that went viral.

We also referred to the Factories Act of 1948 and the Weekly Holidays Act of 1942, which outline the laws currently in place regarding weekly holidays, for additional information.

The Factories Act of 1948 stipulated that every worker would receive at least one day off and would not be required to work more than 48 hours per week.

The Weekly Holidays Act, of 1942 mandates that a shop, restaurant, or theatre is required to provide its staff one day off each week.

As the aforementioned details make clear, the image that has been circulating suggesting that three days off per week is the new policy is completely untrue.


Therefore, we draw the conclusion that the widely circulated rumor that Nirmala Sitharaman will declare three days off per week as a new policy on February 1, 2024, in connection with the sixth budget, is completely erroneous.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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