Guwahati: Raging a protest against the Central government’s decision to remove ‘Bohag Bihu’ from the list of holidays for the year 2021, the members of Bir Lachit Sena appealed to the people of Assam to celebrate ‘Bihu’ with utmost vigor from April 13.
As per reports, the officers and employees of the Central government offices in Assam will not get Bohag Bihu holidays this year and will have to apply for a restricted holiday during the Assamese New Year festival.
Challenging the Government’s decision, Bir Lachit Sena leader Shrinkhal Chaliha on behalf of the postal workers in Sivasagar district on Monday claimed that no one in the world can stop Assamese people to celebrate ‘Bihu’ this year.
“It’s in our culture and tradition, it’s our pride, no one has the right to hurt our self-esteem, we won’t accept this at any cost, we will be bound to launch a massive protest, if necessary we will go to jail for the people of Assam,” said Shrinkhal Chaliha.
Targeting the Chief Postmaster General, Assam Circle, RKB Singh, Chaliha alleged that RKB Singh is solely responsible to remove ‘Bohag Bihu’ from the list of holidays for the year 2021 and adjusting the holidays with Durga Puja 2021.
“We are not going to accept his dominance in Assam, he is a non-Assamese individual, people of Assam will not obey his order. If necessary boycott the post office service for 2 days on the occasion of Bihu. The members of Bir Lachit Sena will soon gherao ‘Meghdoot Bhawan’ in Guwahati,” added Chaliha.
Meanwhile, the National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) a major constituent of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers staged protest at ‘Meghdoot Bhawan’ against Central government’s decision to remove ‘Bohag Bihu’ from the list of holidays for the year 2021.
It is noteworthy to mention that the Central government holidays differ from State to State, depending on local festivals. The Central government allots 17 days of holidays and the days vary from State to State.
The holidays in a particular State are decided by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee comprising officers from different Central government offices located in that State.
Similarly, in Assam, the above-mentioned committee held a meeting earlier on December 9, 2020, and decided to remove ‘Bohag Bihu’ from the list of holidays for the year 2021, informed a member of NFPE.