NRB office shut for defying public holiday notice

Janakpurdham, August 26

Janakpur-based Nepal Rastra Bank Office was padlocked for defying Province 2 government’s decision to mark public holiday today.

Province 2 Minister of Internal Affairs and Law Gyanendra Yadav padlocked the main door of Rastra Bank office at 11:00am. The province’s Cabinet had declared public holiday today to mark Rakshyabandhan and Janai Purnima. The notice was published in the province gazette.

“The constitution has granted right to the province government to announce public holiday,” Minister Yadav said, adding, “I was compelled to padlock the bank after offices under the federal government defied the province government’s decision.” Yadav said the province government would padlock any office that defied its decision.

Though offices under the provincial government and local levels had pulled down their shutters, Nepal Rastra Bank, private and government banks and financial institutions had opened today. Government-owned enterprises, companies and District Administration Office too stayed open.

Earlier, offices under the federal government had defied the holiday announced on Bakr Id and Janaki Nawami by the province government.

Minister Yadav said they had to padlock the office as it had stayed open despite information about holiday. All staffers and employees were let out of the office before Rastra Bank office was padlocked.

The work procedure enacted on August 17 clearly states that province government can announce public holiday.

Dhanusha Chief District Officer Premlal Lamichhane, however, said it was not appropriate for the minister himself to padlock NRB Office which is under the federal government.

The office was opened half-an-hour later.