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Mon, 16 Dec 2019

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Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) Demands Separate Time Zone for North East

Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) Demands Separate Time Zone for North East
February 08
11:08 2019

NET Bureau

 Mizoram’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), on Thursday demanded a separate time zone for the North East.

 MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei said that a separate time zone for the North East is a long-standing demand as it would increase “daylight saving and efficiency”. He argued that the Sun rises and sets in the North East by an hour earlier than in other parts of the country and that several daylight hours are wasted as government offices and schools open at 9.30 am or 10 am and close at 4 pm or 5 pm. He also said that the North Eastern States be allowed to advance their clocks by some time (one hour) to save daylight hours.

He said that a change in time would allow citizens to make use of the added daylight hours and also increase their working hours in a day which, in turn, will give a fillip to the economic activities in the region.

Meanwhile, the MZP also demanded the State Government to use the school timings introduced by the previous Congress Ministry in 2015, according to which school hours start at 8 am and end at 2 pm.

Renthlei said that the student body leaders called on State Education Minister Lalchhandama Ralte following media reports that the State Government is mulling to change the existing school timings and reintroduce the old timings as per which school hours begin at 9.30 am and end at 4 pm.

“We told the minister that the MZP is against the Government’s move as it will lead to wastage of daylight hours,” he said, adding that the minister promised them that he would look into the matter.

Source: Assam Tribune

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