FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, May 13: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) called for office picketing failed to evoke much response on Wednesday with overall 85.5 percent recorded in East Khasi Hills (EKH), West Khasi Hills 85 percent, South West Khasi Hills 60 percent, Nongpoh 85 percent, East Jaintia Hills 50 percent and West Jaintia Hills 60 percent.
According to Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills District, Sanjay Goyal today informed that there was normal functioning of offices in the district with 93 percent attendance recorded.
He also said the remaining absent employees are those who have applied for medical and casual leave.
He also informed that most of the post offices have remained closed during the day which is reflective that they agreed with the picketing.
The functioning of government offices was also normal with good attendance in other districts like East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, Ri Bhoi and West and South West of Khasi Hills region.
Meanwhile, West Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner, PS Dkhar informed that everything is normal in the district and even tiol Bank remains open the entire day.
Similarly, Ri Bhoi Deputy Commissioner, Pooja Pandey said that the office picketing did not have any impact in the district and all offices function normally with 90 percent record.
However, the Central Government offices including many of the State Bank of India Branches including Secretariat Branch remain closed throughout the day and many people who came for their transactions had to return without their work being done.
Meanwhile, despite the failure of the office picketing on the first day the HSPDP has decided to continue with it. “We hope those who attended office today will not do so in the coming days,” HSPDP vice-president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said. The HSPDP will also organise awareness campaigns across the Khasi-Jaiñtia region on the demands of the party to empower the traditiol institutions.