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Picketing partial in Meghalaya

Shillong, Dec. 13: The picketing called by the 13 pressure groups demanding implementation of the inner-line permit (ILP) partially affected the functioning of government offices in Meghalaya today.

Going by the turnout of employees in each of the 11 districts in the state, the functioning of government offices was near normal. The picketing, which exempted educational institutions, however, affected the functioning of financial institutions, as all banks remained closed.

Unlike picketing of government offices in the past three months as part of the agitation demanding ILP, attendance of employees in various government offices today was relatively high.

Rooms in the state secretariat and the passage saw the presence of a good number of employees and the attendance in the two secretariats was about 39 per cent.

Principal secretary (home) Kuljit Singh Kropha said the overall attendance of employees was “good”.

East Khasi Hills, including Shillong which houses heads of various departments, recorded an overall attendance of 55 per cent. South West Khasi Hills recorded 62 per cent while offices in West Khasi Hills did not function because of a local holiday. Ri Bhoi district recorded 35 per cent, Kropha said.

West Jaintia Hills district recorded 82 per cent attendance, while in East Jaintia Hills district it was 70 per cent.

In the five districts of Garo hills, Kropha said the attendance was encouraging, especially in South West Garo Hills district which recorded full attendance. Similarly, the attendance in South Garo Hills was normal.

However, East Garo Hills recorded the lowest attendance with just 10 per cent, while North Garo Hills recorded 95 per cent and West Garo Hills 50 per cent.