Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2018

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Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2018: DoPT Order

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F.No.12/3/2017-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 14th June, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2018- reg.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure -I to this OM. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/ New Delhi during the year 2018. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself / herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him / her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure – II.

2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:

1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI (DEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
10. IDU’L FITR
11 . IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR J AYANTI
13. MUHARRAM
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.

1 . AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
2. HOLI
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAM
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA /1ST NAVRATRA NAORAZ/ CHHATH POOJA/ KARVA CHAUTH.

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festivals falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in View the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, ldu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

5.8 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I.B/T.V. /A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.

6. During 2018, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Thursday, October 19, 2017 (Ashvina 28). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments/ organisations themselves for the year 2018, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of Instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance With the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 16(Sixteen) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Idu’l Fitr, in the list of compulsory holidays with the Idu’l Fitr falling on day of weekly off (Saturday).

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(D. K. SenGupta)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Encl.: List of holidays

ANNEXURE-I

LIST OF HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2018 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI

S.No. Holiday Date Saka Date Day
1939 SAKA ERA
1 Republic Day January 26 Magha 06 Friday
2 Maha Shivaratri February 14 Magha 25 Wednesday
3 Holi March 02 Phalguna 11 Friday
1940 Saka Era
4 Mahavir Jayanti March 29 Chaitra 08 Thursday
5 Good Friday March 30 Chaitra 09 Friday
6 Buddha Purnima April 30 Vaisakha 10 Monday
7 Idu’l Fitr June 16 Jyaishtha 26 Saturday
8 Independence day August 15 Sravana 24 Wednesday
9 Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) August 22 Sarvana 31 Wednesday
10 Janmashtami September 03 Bhadra 12 Monday
11 Muharram September 21 Bhadra 30 Friday
12 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday October 02 Asvina 10 Tuesday
13 Dussehra October 19 Asvina 27 Friday
14 Diwali (Deepavali) November 07 Kartika 16 Wednesday
15 Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e- Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) November 21 Kartika 30 Wednesday
16 Guru Nanak’s Birthday November 23 Agrahayana 02 Friday
17 Christmas Day December 25 Pausha 04 Tuesday

ANNEXURE-I

LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2018 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI , NEW DELHI

S.No Holiday Date Saka Date Day
SAKA ERA 1939
1 New Year’s Day January 01 Pausha 11 Monday
3 Makar Sankranti January 14 Pausha 24 Sunday
4 Pongal January 14 Pausha 24 Sunday
5 Basant Panchami/Sri Panchami January 22 Magha 02 Monday
6 Guru Ravidas’s Birthday January 31 Magha 11 Wednesday
7 Swami Dayananda Sarawati Jayanti February 10 Magha 21 Saturday
8 Shivaji Jayanti February 19 Magha 30 Monday
9 Holika Dahan/Dolyatra March 01 Phalguna 10 Thursday
10 Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi Padava/Ugadi/Cheti Chand March 18 Phalguna 27 Sunday
SAKA ERA1940
11 Ram Navami March 25 Chaitra 04 Sunday
12 Easter Sunday April 01 Chaitra 11 Sunday
13 Hazarat Ali’s Birthday April 01 Chaitra 11 Sunday
14 Vaisakhi/Vishu/Mesadi April 14 Chaitra 24 Saturday
15 Vaisakhadi(Bengal)/ Bahag Bihu (Assam) April 15 Chaitra 25 Sunday
16 Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday May 09 Vaisakha 19 Wednesday
17 Jamat-Ul-Vida June 15 Jyaishtha 25 Friday
18 Rath Yatra July 14 Ashadha 23 Saturday
19 Parsi New Year’s day/Nauraj August 17 Sravana 26 Friday
20 Onam or Thiru Onam Day August 25 Bhadra 03 Saturday
21 Raksha Bandhan August 26 Bhadra 04 Sunday
22 Vinayaka Chaturthi/ Ganesh Chaturthi September 13 Bhadra 22 Thursday
23 Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional) October 16 Asvina 24 Tuesday
24 Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional) October 17 Asvina 25 Wednesday
25 Dussehra (Maha Navmi) October 18 Asvina 26 Thursday
26 Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday October 24 Kartika 02 Wednesday
27 Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth) October 27 Kartika 05 Saturday
28 Deepavali (South India) November 06 Kartika 15 Tuesday
29 Naraka Chaturdasi November 06 Kartika 15 Tuesday
30 Govardhan Puja November 08 Kartika 17 Thursday
31 Bhai Duj November 09 Kartika 18 Friday
32 Pratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja) November 13 Kartika 22 Tuesday
33 Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day November 24 Agrahayana 03 Saturday
34 Christmas Eve December 24 Pausha 03 Monday

Source: DoPT

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