The body said it is disappointment at the manner in which Minister Ramjattan has declared the National holiday for Diwali 2016.
According to the statement, “as she always did, the late Angela Johnson, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security, wrote to the Dharmic Sabha asking for the Phagwah and Diwali dates for 2016 and these were sent to the Ministry in September 2015; Phagwah – March 23 and Diwali – October 30. This was apparently ignored”
The religious group said it sees the latest announcement as as an act to perpetuate discord in the Hindu community by the Minister. “We had hoped the Minister would see the wisdom in engaging the Sabha and other large Hindu bodies ( the Hare Krishna Movement, Guyana Central Arya Samaj, Maha Kali Movement) in declaring the Hindu holidays for 2016.”
The organisation explained that the religious dates are calculated well ahead of the year “by our Pandits using the panchang and it would be prudent to engage them in a matter that has national implications unless there is no genuine desire for social cohesion”.
The Minister of Public Security has not offered a comment on the 2016 date confusion.