Are holidays the solution?

September 9, 2008 at 1:32 pm 4 comments

What does everyone think of the two-day holiday on Saturday and Sunday? Will that really work? Will people not go out because it is a holiday? Remember the last time this was attempted? I understand that energy/oil usage needs to be reduced but can’t there be more creative ways of doing it?

How about declaring a subsidy (carbon credit reinsured) for companies that set up alternate energy generation – non-fossil fuel – or other such initiatives. Remember the economy is in tatters as well and if we shut down offices for another day, will that really help ease the economic crisis? As it is Friday is more or less a half day because of the 3 hour lunch breaks. Do we really need more holidays?

As for closing down petrol pumps on Friday, that is a non-starter. It will only affect the poor guy who can’t afford to hoard up petrol the day before or fill it up the day after. Come on guys and gals! Surely we can come up with innovative ways of saving energy. This is not going to cut it.

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  • 1. Boat  |  September 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I say we sign a petition to make Fridays and Saturdays off. This will make things more productive in my opinion. We will gain a 50% productivity gain on Friday itself.

    And the whole issue of not having overlap with the international world, pop quiz: How many days does Japan have overlap with the rest of the western world?


  • 2. awahid  |  September 10, 2008 at 12:30 am

    as far as energy is concerned I totally agreed.
    but dont you think we are not having much time for socialization, giving time to family, friends, and relatives.

  • 3. communicall  |  September 11, 2008 at 11:08 am

    @Boat: I agree in principle with your suggestion, but feel, perhaps instinctively, that any move that cuts back on productivity is only the best of two bad choices. Hobson rides again!

    @Jehan: Power management is more than SCADA and grid supply, although that is where the big companies score. As far as I can see, they don’t score very well in Pakistan anyway, with grid power falling very short of current needs, far less meeting growth expectations.

    Here’s my 2 bits worth (based on your very encouraging reports vis-a-vis the proactive approach now visible in the development of a new ICT policy): The bottom line of the accounts of most Pakistani IT organisations must be very severely hit by the double whammy of 1) expensive and 2) often non-existent power.

    Government should be encouraged to prioritise this issue, and to offer 1) direct cash offsets for inhouse power generation, with enhanced incentives for solutions based on non-fossil fuels (no, Balochi gas is not a sufficiently long term solution), 2) R&D funding for IT based R&D into alternative energy solutions, with special emphasis on the short term, and 3) R&D funding offsets for powersaving initiatives such as the use of low power computers, lighting and air conditioning.

    imho, the second part of 1), and all of 2) and 3) qualify directly for carbon credits that can be traded internationally, as valuable potentially as the export of goods and services.

  • 4. Muhammad Qasim Pasta  |  September 14, 2008 at 12:34 am

    * alternate power generation
    * I prefer to work 7 days of week but from 8am to 3pm, so shopping plazas could close at max 9pm.
    * do we really need electrical sign boards? day-night cricket matches? extra lights on billboards?


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