SHILLONG, July 19 � Four districts of Meghalaya, where social organisations have called office picketing today, registered normal attendance in the State Government offices. However, in banks and Central Government offices attendance was thin.
In East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts, State Government offices registered over 75 per cent attendance overall. There was no incident of violence reported from any of these districts.
East Khasi Hills district registered the least attendance with 52 per cent, whereas in Ri-Bhoi and Jaintia Hills districts the attendance was 85 per cent, while in West Khasi Hills, 81 per cent State Government employees attended their offices.
But, most of the Central Government offices, having their headquarters in Shillong, had skeletal staff. The post offices and financial institutions remained virtually closed here.
Throughout the day, vehicles plied on the streets. Shops and other business establishments remained unaffected in these districts, the Deputy Commissioners of the districts said.
The organisations � Khasi Students� Union, Jaintia Students� Union and the East Khasi Hills Local Taxi Welfare Association � called the office picketing to demand revision of the Motor Vehicle Tax (MVT) hike.
The government has called the protesting organisations for talks on July 25 with Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who also holds the Taxation portfolio.
Based on the assurance, the organisations which earlier called for office picketing today and tomorrow has decided to wait for the discussions and cancelled tomorrow�s proposed office picketing.