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

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

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 O.M. 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 JAYANTI
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 / 18T 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 festival 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, Idul 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 Idul Fitr, Idu'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. In 2018, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (Kartika 16). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on "Naraka Chaturdasi 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. Senkupta)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
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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-II

LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2018 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT 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
January
22
Magha
02
Monday

/Sri Panchami





6.
Guru Ravidas’s Birthday
January
31
Magha
11
Wednesday
7.
Swami Dayananda Saraswati Ja}?anti
February
10
Magha
21
Saturday
8.
Shivaji Jay anti
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 ERA 1940
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:- Holidays in Central Govt. Office During the Year 2018 

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