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Manipur govt asks female employees to tie rakhis to male colleagues on Raksha Bandhan

As the festival of Raksha Bandhan draws close, millions in India are planning to celebrate the relationship between a brother and a sister on Monday with pomp and show. While many are employing creative props, others are using the occasion to put across social messages.

In Amethi, over 800 men have planned unique gifts for their sisters this Raksha Bandhan- toilets, as part of a campaign to to raise awareness about sanitation. In another campaign about road safety, women in Telangana are gifting their brother motorcycle helmets.

But in a rather unexpected move, the government of Manipur issued a circular on Friday, asking all government employees to attend office in "traditional attire" on Monday to observe Raksha Bandhan. The circular goes on to ask all female staff members to tie Rakhis to their male colleagues on the occasion.

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"It has been decided to celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan on Monday, the 7th August, 2017. In this connection, all offices/ departments shall remain open and celebrate the festival collectively at a suitable time wherein all the ladt staff shall tie Rakhis to their male colleagues," the letter signed by Ph Bhavandanda Sharma, under secretary in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, said.

The circular, addressed to all government departments, was also copied to the governor and chief minister of Manipur.

A festival which has already been used this year as an attempt to both promote brotherhood among communities and to make a point in international politics, it remains to be seen how government workers in Manipur receive this circular which forces them to socialise on what would otherwise have been a holiday.

Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 14:59 PM

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