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Institutions in Eid holiday hangover

WT24 Desk

Employees apparently cannot have enough of festivities, poor attendance at government and private offices on Sunday has revealed.Offices across Bangladesh opened on Sunday after a three-day holiday for the Eid-ul-Azha. But very few turned up for work at the Secretariat, the hub of administration, courts and other important offices, agencies report

Those who did virtually spent the day exchanging greetings, embracing each other and recounting their weekend holiday experience.  Weekly holidays on Friday and Saturday fell in this year’s Eid holidays that began on Thursday. Many employees thus went to their village and town homes for celebration taking extended leave.

Officials said they did not expect total attendance in the next few days.   A few employees began trickling in at the Secretariat around 9am, but less than 60 percent attendance was recorded by the end of the day.  The visitors’ lounge, too, was deserted, a departure from the chaos that it normally witnesses on weekdays.

“Many employees are yet to return to Dhaka though the holiday is over. We hope the attendance would be better on Monday,” a senior official of the public administration ministry told bdnews24.com.   The ministry officials hoped the Secretariat would be back to normal next week.

Sunday, however, was work as usual for Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury and Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.Old Dhaka’s court area presented a picture similar to that of the Secretariat.

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