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Congress condemns cancelling of Eid-ul-Adha holiday in Rajasthan; govt issues clarification

Jaipur: After the Rajasthan government sparked a controversy by announcing to organise blood donation camps in schools on Eid ul-Adha, it clarified today that it is upto the employees whether they wish to work or not on the day of the festival.

"Schools and colleges can voluntarily stay open on the day," said the state government on Tuesday.

The clarification came after an order was issued by state College Education Directorate, asking all schools and colleges to compulsorily stay open for blood donation camps to be held on September 25 to mark the birth anniversary of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) icon Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

The Congress party today condemned the order of the Rajasthan government for cancelling the holiday for Eid-ul-Adha in schools and colleges this year.

Congress leader P.L. Punia said, "Cancelling the gazetted holiday of Eid-ul-Adha and organising blood donation camps in all schools and colleges on September 25 is the worst case of mockery by the BJP."

The order, dated September 2, also asked principals of all government and private colleges in the state to not allow any employee in their college to take leave on or before Eid.

Civil rights group had earlier lodged a PIL before Rajasthan High Court against the government's decision cancelling leave.

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