Northeast states are not new to asking themselves to have a special time zone. Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu has raised this demand once again. He said the need to change the time zone to increase the work capacity and save electricity. The government offices are open from 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening and this is a valuable daytime waste. Khandu said they would sleep on the 4 o’clock in the morning due to a single time zone.
Arunachal CM comments have been debated in the wake of the Guwahati High Court directed to have a special time zone for the Northeast. The study by the Bangalore National Institute of Advanced Studies has revealed that time zones can save about 270 crore units per annum. In 2006, the Planning Commission report also made it clear that different time zones in India were needed to improve their work capacity. Assam CM Tarun Gogoi said in 2014 that the Chai Bagan (Tea Garden) Time will be in the Northeast. It is about an hour before Indian Standard Time.