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SHILLONG | Jan 7, 2019:

The Government of Meghalaya has issued a strict warning to government employees to attend offices on January 8, the day the North East Student Organisation (NESO) has called for a NE Bandh to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

“All measures required to ensure normalcy in the state should be taken and Government offices etc shall function normally,” said Meghalaya Chief Secretary Y Tsering on Monday.

The CS said that all government employees shall attend office as they would on any normal day and carry on with their duties and functions.

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“Strict actions will be taken against all unauthorized absence,” he said adding that a report of the percentage of attendance should be submitted to the Chief Secretary by 11 am tomorrow.

The Northeast Bandh was called by NESO on January 8 to protest against the Joint Parliamentary Committee and Centre’s decision to approve the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

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The decision of the Centre has evoked widespread criticisms from several political parties, students’ organisations and the likes.

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