Maharashtra govt withdraws order banning religious activities in offices

The Maharashtra government has withdrawn its recent order banning all kinds religious activities in all government offices and institutions.

Maharashtra govt withdraws order banning religious activities in offices

The Maharashtra government has withdrawn its recent order banning all kinds religious activities in all government offices and institutions.

"Displaying pictures of Gods, religious texts or having Puja in the premises of government and semi-government offices is prohibited as per the constitution and wrong," said the circular issued on 4 January by the rural development department.

The order dragged a lot of flack from right-wing organisation including the Hindu Janjagriti Samiti.


Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday informed a delegation of ally Shiv Sena ministers that the order had been issued erroneously and was being withdrawn.

"The Chief Minister has assured us that suitable action would be taken against the concerned officials of the Rural Development Ministry, who issued that circular," environment minister Ramdas Kadam told the media after meeting Fadnavis.

Justifying the order, some officials claimed it was intended to project a secular image before the public and also avoid diverting time, money and efforts in organising elaborate religious activities at workplaces.

“The employees spend around 10-12 hours daily at their workplaces and religious activities there enabled them to compensate what they missed out at their homes. The employees were upset by the sudden decision,” a government official, requesting anonymity, told IANS.