Considering the National Eligibility Test (NET) examination, which is on December 18, the outfit has reduced the duration of the strike till December 17 Credit: EastMojo image

Manipur: Directing the official heads of all state government departments to ensure that all employees attend office during the 48-hour strike called by the Maoist Communist Party of Manipur (MCPM), the Manipur government has asked for their attendance reports.

The strike called by the MCPM started from midnight on December 16.

However, considering the National Eligibility Test (NET), which falls on December 18, the outfit has reduced the duration of the strike till December 17.

Meanwhile, Kh Raghumani Singh, Manipur special secretary (home), has issued an order directing the administrative secretaries and heads of departments to ensure attendance in all their offices and subordinate offices during the general strike.

“The attendance report should be sent to the administrative departments concerned, failing which departmental proceedings should be taken up against those who are absent from duty during this period,” the order said.

The state government has also asked the owners of the shops and business establishments to keep their businesses open during the bandh.

The MCPM, a militant group operating in the state, has called for the general strike demanding the restoration of disappearing historical and religious sites of Manipur and “to save our culture from Hindutva Fascism”.

The outfit further said that the strike has also been called to express the frustration of indigenous people of the land whose culture has been subjected to a systematic genocide since the last couple of centuries and whose voices have been ignored by successive governments.

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