Two-day public holiday proposed for Saarc Summit

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 11, 2014-

The Home Ministry has forwarded a proposal to the Cabinet seeking public holidays on November 26 and 27 for the 18th Saarc Summit.

Security agencies involved in preparations for the summit had suggested two-day public holiday as the movement of VIPs would cause traffic diversion and inconvenience for the people in general to commute.

A senior Home Ministry official said it was up to the Cabinet to decide. In a recent security meeting, officials had said it would be difficult to handle the traffic situation while more than 350 VIPs and senior officials from member states and nine Observer countries make movements across the city. It would be difficult to ensure foolproof security without affecting vehicular movement. Some had even suggested four-day holiday.

The proposal was discussed in several meetings of the political leadership. Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal opposed the idea saying that it would set a bad precedent and affect thousands of students and service seekers. Some alternatives mooted were allowing only half the private and public vehicles during the summit.

Published: 12-11-2014 09:20

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