Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2013
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2013.
Dated the 5th June, 2012
It has been decided that the holidays
as specified in the Annexure -I to this O.M. will be observed in all
the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at
Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2013. 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 –
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
1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDHA 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 JAYANTI
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 after
seeking prior approval of this Ministry 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
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANTA PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA
SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA 1ST NAVRATRA / NAURAJ/CHHATH
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.
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, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and
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 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 2013, Diwali (Deepavali)
falls on Sunday, November 03, 2013 (Kartika 12). 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 2013, subject to para 3.2 above.
8. Union Territory Administrations
shall decide the list of holidays in terms of Ministry of Home Affairs
letter No.14046/27/83- GP-I dated 15.2.1984 by which they would observe
a total of 16 holidays including the three National Holidays Viz.
Republic Day, Independence Day 86 Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.
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 10(Ten) holidays of their own only after including in the list,
three National Holidays and Buddha Purnima, Dussehra, Diwali
(Deepavali) and Guru Nanak’s Birthday included in the list of
compulsory holidays and falling on days of weekly off.
10.instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
11. Hindi version will follow.
Deputy Secretary (JCA)