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No display of deities, religious texts in govt offices, says Maharashtra government

The Maharashtra government has imposed a complete ban on display of religious pictures or texts and on celebration of religious festivals and pujas in all government and semi government offices and educational institutions in the state.

“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,” says the circular issued on 4 January by the rural development department.

The circular also directs all government and semi government offices and schools to immediately remove all religious pictures/texts/deities and stop pujas and celebrations.

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