half-holiday takes govt employees by surprise
statesman news service 
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: Probably for the first time in India, government employees today got a half-holiday to celebrate Jamai sashti (Son-in-law’s Day) and the news came as such a pleasant surprise that many in government offices couldn’t believe it. 
And true to her style of functioning, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took the decision to grant a half-day leave when after arriving at Writers’ Buildings she saw a large number of employees working “instead of taking a leave for celebrating the occasion.” 
Later the officer on special duty (OSD) of the finance department issued the circular for the half-day leave from 2 p.m.
Once the news spread, the employees at Writers’ Buildings, including officials, left the state secretariat within half an hour. However a section of employees was dissatisfied, as the state government hadn’t announced the half-day leave yesterday.  
“We could have chalked out a plan had we been informed about the leave yesterday. My in-laws’ residence is at Burdwan and I cancelled the jamai shashti celebration yesterday considering the strain of going there after attending office,” said Mr Basanta Koley, an employee of the labour department. However, others were glad to have got the unprecedented half holiday. “The chief minister took the right decision respecting our sentiment as our in-laws wait throughout the year for this occasion,” said an employee of the land and land reforms department.
 Some others felt work culture had been affected by the sudden announcement of  holiday.
“A large number of employees were withdrawn from here for the panchayat poll and this holiday further affected administrative work,” said an employee. The Unified State Government Employees Federation lauded the chief minister for taking the decision. 
Employees of all the district administrative offices also left office after 2 p.m. According to the circular, the holiday, however, was not applicable for the employees of the registrar of assurance and collector of stamp revenue department. Though a large number of employees left to celebrate, police and other security guards, personal assistants and group D staff of the secretaries had to continue their duty.
“If I manage to leave Writers’ Buildings within 7 p.m. then I can visit my in-laws’ home with my kids and wife,” said a security guard at the Central gate.

The chief minister took a right decision respecting our sentiments as our in-laws wait throughout the year for this occasion