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

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.

5.3 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
1Republic DayJanuary26Magha06Friday
2Maha ShivaratriFebruary14Magha25Wednesday
3HoliMarch02Phalguna11Friday
1940 Saka Era
4Mahavir JayantiMarch29Chaitra08Thursday
5Good FridayMarch30Chaitra09Friday
6Buddha PurnimaApril30Vaisakha10Monday
7Idu'l FitrJune16Jyaishtha26Saturday
8Independence dayAugust15Sravana24Wednesday
9Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)August22Sarvana31Wednesday
10JanmashtamiSeptember03Bhadra12Monday
11MuharramSeptember21Bhadra30Friday
12Mahatma Gandhi's BirthdayOctober02Asvina10Tuesday
13DussehraOctober19Asvina27Friday
14Diwali (Deepavali)November07Kartika16Wednesday
15Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e- Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad)November21Kartika30Wednesday
16Guru Nanak's BirthdayNovember23Agrahayana02Friday
17Christmas DayDecember25Pausha04Tuesday

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

S.NoHolidayDateSaka DateDay
SAKA ERA 1939
1New Year's DayJanuary01Pausha11Monday
3Makar SankrantiJanuary14Pausha24Sunday
4PongalJanuary14Pausha24Sunday
5Basant Panchami/Sri PanchamiJanuary22Magha02Monday
6Guru Ravidas's BirthdayJanuary31Magha11Wednesday
7Swami Dayananda Sarawati JayantiFebruary10Magha21Saturday
8Shivaji JayantiFebruary19Magha30Monday
9Holika Dahan/DolyatraMarch01Phalguna10Thursday
10Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi Padava/Ugadi/Cheti ChandMarch18Phalguna27Sunday
SAKA ERA1940
11Ram NavamiMarch25Chaitra04Sunday
12Easter SundayApril01Chaitra11Sunday
13Hazarat Ali's BirthdayApril01Chaitra11Sunday
14Vaisakhi/Vishu/MesadiApril14Chaitra24Saturday
15Vaisakhadi(Bengal)/ Bahag Bihu (Assam)April15Chaitra25Sunday
16Guru Rabindranath's BirthdayMay09Vaisakha19Wednesday
17Jamat-Ul-VidaJune15Jyaishtha25Friday
18Rath YatraJuly14Ashadha23Saturday
19Parsi New Year's day/NaurajAugust17Sravana26Friday
20Onam or Thiru Onam DayAugust25Bhadra03Saturday
21Raksha BandhanAugust26Bhadra04Sunday
22Vinayaka Chaturthi/ Ganesh ChaturthiSeptember13Bhadra22Thursday
23Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional)October16Asvina24Tuesday
24Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional)October17Asvina25Wednesday
25Dussehra (Maha Navmi)October18Asvina26Thursday
26Maharishi Valmiki's BirthdayOctober24Kartika02Wednesday
27Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth)October27Kartika05Saturday
28Deepavali (South India)November06Kartika15Tuesday
29Naraka ChaturdasiNovember06Kartika15Tuesday
30Govardhan PujaNovember08Kartika17Thursday
31Bhai DujNovember09Kartika18Friday
32Pratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja)November13Kartika22Tuesday
33Guru Teg Bahadur's Martyrdom DayNovember24Agrahayana03Saturday
34Christmas EveDecember24Pausha03Monday

Source: DoPT

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