SHILLONG, July 03: A number of Central government offices located here were summarily shut down by the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) after they were found to be operating as normal on Tuesday when the Behdeinkhlam festival is being observed as a state holiday.
The office of the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) in Shillong is one of the central offices which were made to close down on Tuesday.
“We were compelled to close down some of the offices which are mainly departments of the central government, after they were found to remain open on the occasion of the Behdeinkhlam festival. This only shows they have no respect for our culture,” KHNAM-state youth wing president Thomas Passah said.
On meeting the geologist of the UCIL, Passah said that it was found out that as per the list of holidays of the UCIL, occasions like Christmas, Good Friday, Nongkrem Dance festival, Behdeinkhlam, Shad Weiking and others were not included.
“But interestingly, occasions which include Makar Sankranti, Holi, Vishwakarma Puja, Durga, Diwali were notified as holidays,” he said.
In view of this, the KHNAM has urged the state government to intervene into the matter and ensure that such central government offices are well informed about the important days observed in the state.
“The central government authorities should be informed about the important occasions observed in the state as a mark of respecting the sentiments of the people of the state,” he said while adding that it would be wrong to use organizations to close down such offices since it should have been the duty of the state government to keep check on this matter.