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Festive hangover


SHILLONG, January 2: The Meghalaya government employees seem to have a hangover effect from the nine consecutive days of holiday as evident from the turnout of employees on the first working day of the year in the different offices spanning   all over the state.

At the State Secretariat, two ministers HDR Lyngdoh and AL Hek attended offices on Friday for a brief period to lend credence to the healthy strength of employees who reported for duties on the first working day of the month.  Meghalaya state government remained closed from December 24, 2014 to January 1, 2015.

 Barring the state secretariat, this correspondent found that the office under directorates of different departments and offices located outside Shillong city wore a near deserted look. These include inputs on the attendance in the offices under the direct supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of the Districts.

Saturday and Sunday being a holiday, most of the absentee’s preferred to resume work only by Monday, thus making Friday and extended and paid holiday. A senior Bureaucrat who attended office on Friday said absenteeism on the first working day has been the trend in the past many years.

The Sentinel tried to contact the Chief Secretary P.B.O Warjri  over the phone for his comments but to no avail.

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