Official sources from Uttarakhand have said that the government will now allow a special 90 minute break for all government employees from the Muslim community for their Friday special prayers.
The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting on Saturday presided by Chief Minister (CM) Harish Rawat wherein it was decided that government employees at all levels will be given a special break from 12:30 PM till 2 PM on Fridays for the purpose of prayers.
With the state of Uttarakhand going to the polls next year whether it is a step forward towards minority appeasement or not is yet to be seen.
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It was also decided in the meeting that a penalty of Rs 2- 2.5 crore will be charged for PG doctors for violating the bond period of 5 years with the state.
In the month of August former Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal along with other BJP leaders like Anil Baluni
had charged Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi of complicity as Harish Rawat had introduced ‘Harda’ tax which they alleged have been imposed to recover the money spent in buying MLAs.
(With PTI inputs)