Somjit Naha | Agartala | November 4, 2018
The government of Tripura while issuing government employees holiday list for the year 2019 has abolished May Day as a public holiday. May Day will be one of the restricted holiday from now on. This decision of the government has been subject to wide-spread criticism, especially from the Left parties.
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May Day is a public holiday celebrated on May 1 all across the world. May Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. May Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
CPI(M) has condemned the shocking decision taken by the state government.
“This government has initially said that they respect the working community but by this act it has been proved that they don’t respect the working class. There might be very few precedence across the world where this kind of drastic step has been taken. It is an internationally recognized people’s day and a symbol of human civilization and this act of the government shows the principles by which they are guided”, said M.P. Jitendra Choudhury.
But the state government seems to be in no mood to change their decision. While speaking to TNT- The Northeast Today, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarma said, “It is false that May Day is observed as a national holiday across the country. In many states of India it is a restricted holiday. It is not a big deal”.