29 October, 2016, 12:00 am
THE Fiji Girmit Council says it is disappointed the Government rejected a motion by the National Federation Party for a national day of observation to mark 100 years since the last ship brought indentured labourers from India.
“It is really a sad day for Fiji that something as significant as this was made so insignificant with the motion by NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad being defeated in Parliament,” said council general secretary Jagannath Sami.
“We had asked the Lautoka City Council to hold a joint celebration with us at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka on November 11 and they had agreed at the outset and then later declined.
“This is very disappointing.”
Lautoka City Council CEO Jone Nakauvadra said he was unable to comment on the concern raised by Mr Sami.
When asked earlier this week about Mr Prasad’s call for a public holiday, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told The Fiji Times that it was another political scoring comment made by Mr Prasad and that a public holiday was not the answer to recognising the work done by the indentured labourers.