Drawing sharp criticism over the decision on namaz break, the Uttarakhand government has said to state employees, that they will be allowed “special short breaks” to offer prayers irrespective of caste, creed and religion during their festivals if they make a request for it.
A decision has been taken to allow special short breaks to state employees of all communities, creeds and castes for prayers, religious occasions and festivals. It will be given only if they make a request.Surendra Kumar, media advisor to the chief minister Harish Rawat
The Chief Minister took the decision in view of the spurt in demands for holidays by state employees belonging to different religions and communities on festivals and religious occasions.Surendra Kumar
The announcement came two days after the state cabinet allowed a two-hour break for government staff to offer namaz on Fridays. The cabinet’s decision to allow a special two-hour Friday break for Muslim employees had drawn flak from the opposition parties, including BJP, which had accused the government of indulging in “minority appeasement” ahead of Assembly polls.