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F.No 12/8/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training
JCA-2 section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th June. 2016

 

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government offices during year 2017- reg.

 

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure —I to this O.M. will be observed in the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2017. 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 or 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. below:

 

  1. 1. REPUBLIC DAY
    2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
    3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
    4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
    5. CHRISTMAS DAY
    6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
    7. DIWALI IDEEPAVALI)
    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 Central Government offices within the concerned State shan 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 indicate.

 

  1. 1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
    2. HOLI
    3. JANAMASHTAMI IVAISHNAVI)
    4. RAM NAVAMI
    5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
    6. GANESH CHATURTHI VINAYAK CHATURTEA
    7. MAKAR SAKARANTI
    8. RATH YATRA
    9. ONAN
    10. PONGAL
    11. SRI PANCHAML / BASANT PANCH.AMI
    12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BKHU / MASHADI UGADI / CENTRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDL PADAVA 1st NAVRATRA /NAURAJ/CHHATH POOJA/KARVA CHAVTH.

 

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, 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. During 2017, 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 2017, 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 11(Eleven) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Mahavir Jayanti, Id-ulZuha (Bakrid), Vijay Dashmi, Muharram, Guru Nanak Birthday and Miladun-Nabi(Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.

 

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/-
(K.Salil Kumar)
Under Secretary (JCA)

 

ANNEXURE-I

LIST OF HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2017 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL  GOVERNMENT

1938 SAKA ERA

S.No.

Holiday  

Date   

Saka  Date

Day

   

1938   SAKA ERA

1.

Republic  Day

January            26

Magha            06

 Thursday

2.

Maha   Shivaratri

February           24

Phalguna         05

Friday

3.

Holi

March              13

Phalguna        22

Monday

4.

Ram  Navami

April                04

Chaitra          14

Tuesday

5.

Mahavir   Jayanti

April                09

Chaitra          19

Sunday

6.

Good Friday

April                14

Chaitra           24

Friday

7.

Buddha  Purnima

May                10

Vaisakha       20

Wednesday

8.

Idu’l  Fitr

June                26

Ashadha        05

Monday

9.

Independence    day

August            15

Sravana         24

Tuesday

10.

Id-ul-Zuha(Bakrid)

September      02

Bhadra          11

Saturday

11.

Dussehra

September      30

Asvina           08

Saturday

12.

Muharram

October          01

Asvina           09

Sunday

13.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

October          02

Asvina           10

Monday

14.

Diwali (Deepavali)

October          19

Asvina           28

Thursday

15.

Guru   Nanak’s  Birthday

November      04

Kartika          13

Saturday

16.

Milad-un-Nabi  or Id-e-Milad

December      02

Agrahayana   11

Saturday

17.

Christmas Day

December      25

Pausha          04

Monday

 

ANNEXURE-II

LIST  OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS  DURING  THE YEAR 2017 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE  OFFICES  OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

S.No.

Holiday  

Date   

Saka  Date

Day

   

SAKA  ERA  1938

1.

New Year’s   Day

January   01

Pausha    11

Sunday

2.

Guru Govind Singh’s
Birthday

January   05

Pausha    15

Thursday

3.

Makar Sankranti

January   14

Pausha    24

Saturday

4.

Pongal

January   14

Pausha    24

Saturday

5.

Basant Panchami /Sri Panchami

February 01

Magha    12

Wednesday

6.

Guru Ravidas’s   Birthday

February 10

Magha    21

Friday

7.

Shivaji Jayanti

February 19

Magha    30

Sunday

8.

Swami  Dayananda
Saraswati Jayanti

February 21

Phalguna 02

Tuesday

9.

Holika Dahan/Dolyatra

March     12

Phalguna 21

Sunday

Saka  Era  1939

10.

Chaitra Sukladi/ Gudi Padava/ Ugadi/Cheti Chand

March       28

Chaittra     07

Tuesday

11.

Hazarat Ali’s  Birthday

 April        11

Chaitra      21

Tuesday

12.

Vaisakhi/Vishu

April         13

Chaitra      23

Thursday

13.

Mesadi

April         14

Chaitra      24

 Friday

14.

Vaisakhadi(Bengal)/  Bahag Bihu (Assam)

April         15

Chaitra      25

 Saturday

15.

Easter Sunday

April         16

Chaitra      26

Sunday

16.

Guru  Rabindranath’s birthday

May          09

Vaisakha   19

Tuesday

17.

Jamat-Ul-Vida

June          23

Ashadha    02

Friday

18.

Rath Yatra

June          25

Ashadha    04

Sunday

19.

Raksha Bandhan

August       07

Sravana    16

Monday

20.

Janmashtami   (Vaishnav)

August       15

Sravana     24

Tuesday

21.

Parsi  NewYear’s day/ Nauraj

August       17

Sravana     26

Thursday

22.

Vinayaka Chaturthi/  Ganesh
Chaturthi

August       25

Bhadra      03

Friday

23.

Onam

September 04

Bhadra      13

Monday

24.

Dussehra  (Maha Saptami) (Additional)

September 27

Asvina        05

Wednesday

25.

Dussehra  (Maha Ashtami) (Additional)

September 28

Asvina        06

Thursday

26.

Dussehra  (Maha Navami)

September 29

Asvina      07

 

27.

Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday

October     05

Asvina        13

Thursday

 

28.

Karaka  Chaturthi (Karva Chouth)

October     08

Asvina        16

Sunday

 

29.

Deepavali (South India)

October     18

Asvina        26

Wednesday

 

30.

Naraka Chaturdasi

October     18

Asvina        26

Wednesday

 

31.

Govardhan Puja

October     20

Asvina        28

Friday

 

32.

Bhai Duj

October     21

Asvina        29

Saturday

 

33.

Pratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat  Puja)

October     26

Kartika       04

Thursday

 

34.

Guru Teg Bahadur’s
Martyrdom Day

November  24

Agrahayana 03

Friday

 

35.

Christmas Eve

December   24

Pausha         03

Sunday