Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, launched a scathing critique against the Nitish Kumar-led government following reports of a reduction in holidays for several Hindu festivals in the Bihar education department’s 2024 calendar.
The Bihar education department faced intense scrutiny over its issued holiday calendar for the upcoming year. According to details published by HT’s sister publication, Live Hindustan, significant alterations were observed in the holiday structure. Notably, the number of summer vacation days surged from 20 to 30, sparking public discontent.
The controversy escalated as holidays traditionally observed for Hartalika Teej and Jitiya were purportedly eliminated from the calendar. Concurrently, the education department allegedly extended the duration of holidays for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (Bakrid) to three days each, as per Live Hindustan’s report.
This shift in holiday allocation prompted Rai’s condemnation of the Nitish Kumar administration, highlighting concerns regarding the preferential treatment of holidays and the apparent disparity in the treatment of festivals from different communities within the academic calendar.