Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has decided to declare fourth Saturday of the month as holiday for government employees across the state. However the rule is not applicable for the police department.

The sixth pay commission had recommended the government to cancel holidays listed for birth and death anniversaries and casual holidays, and declare it as five-day working with two-day weekly offs.

But the committee formed by the government had recommended to extend the holiday for fourth Saturday, apart from second Saturday in a month.

The issue was taken up in the Cabinet meeting on Thursday and it was decided not to cancel holidays on any birth and death anniversaries. The Cabinet came to a conclusion to declare (apart from second Saturday) fourth Saturday as a holiday. In addition, it was decided to cut casual leaves from 15 to 10 per year.

However, it is still a proposal as the chief minister has not signed the document yet.

It is said that the fourth Saturday will not be considered as a holiday for the police department.

Holidays for government teachers will also have to be discussed as fourth Saturday may affect classes and students too.