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The Railway Board under the Ministry of Railways issued an important order regarding the holidays to be observed for its administrative offices during the year 2023.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
No. 2020/ E(LR) III /LR /HL1/1
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi 110 001
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways.
(As per standard list)
Sub: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2023.
A copy of Department of Personnel and Training’s O.M. No.12/5/2022-JCA dated 16.06.2022, with a list of holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2023, is enclosed for information and necessary action.
D.A.: As above
Director, Estt (IR)
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued an office memorandum regarding the holidays to be observed for Central Government offices located in Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2023. The full text of the order is reproduced and given it below for your ready reference;
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
Establishment (JCA) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 16 June 2022
Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2023- reg.
It has been decided that the holidays, as specified in Annexure-I to this O.M., will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located in Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2023. 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 specified in Annexure – II.
2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays, to be chosen out of the 12 optional holidays indicated below at para 3.1:
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. IDUL FITR
11. IDUL ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)
3.1. For offices located in New Delhi/Delhi, three holidays are selected by the D/o Personnel & Training and for the offices located outside Delhi/New Delhi three holidays are to be chosen 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, from the list indicated below. 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 the festivals and dates, as indicated in Annexure -I and Annexure II baring a few exceptions indicated in para 5.1 and 5.2 hereinafter. The 12 optional holidays are as follows:
1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
3. JANMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI | VINAYAKA CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANKRANTI
8. RATH YATRA
11. SRI PANCHAMI | BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU | VAISAKHI | VAISAKHADI | BOHAG BIHU | MASHADI UGADI | CHAITRA SUKLADI | CHETI CHAND | GUDI PADWA | 1st NAVRATRA | NAORAZ | CHHATH PUJA | 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 as annexure-II 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 a separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance. However, the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are also 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 Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Adha, Muharram, and Eid-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon the 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 authorized to change the date of the holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Adha, Muharram, and Eid-e-Milad.
5.3 It may happen that the change of date in respect of the above occasions has to be declared at very short notice. In such a situation, an 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 2023, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Sunday, November 12, 2023 (Kartika 21). 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 a holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) in 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 up to 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/organizations themselves for the year 2023, subject to para 3.2 above.
8. Union Territory Administration 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 14 (Fourteen) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Id-ul-Fitr, Muharram and Diwali included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on days 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.
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
LIST OF HOLIDAYS FOR THE YEAR 2023 TO BE OBSERVED IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
|1944 SAKA ERA|
|1.||Republic Day||January 26||Magha 06||Thursday|
|2.||Holi||March 08||Phalguna 17||Wednesday|
|1945 SAKA ERA|
|3.||Ram Navami||March 30||Chaitra 09||Thursday|
|4.||Mahavir Jayanti||April 04||Chaitra 14||Tuesday|
|5.||Good Friday||April 07||Chaitra 17||Friday|
|6.||Id-ul-Fitr||April 22||Vaisakha 02||Saturday|
|7.||Budha Purnima||May 05||Vaisakha 15||Friday|
|8.||Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)||June 29||Ashadha 08||Thursday|
|9.||Muharram||July 29||Sarvana 07||Saturday|
|10.||Independence Day||August 15||Sarvana 24||Tuesday|
|11.||Janmashtami (Vaishnava)||September 07||Bhadra 16||Thursday|
|12.||Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad)||September 28||Asvina 06||Thursday|
|13.||Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday||October 02||Asvina 10||Monday|
|14.||Dussehra||October 24||Kartika 02||Tuesday|
|15.||Diwali (Deepavali)||November 12||Kartika 21||Sunday|
|16.||Guru Nanak’s Birthday||November 27||Agarhayana 06||Monday|
|17.||Christmas Day||December 25||Pausha 04||Monday|
LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS FOR THE YEAR 2023 IN RESPECT OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
|SAKA ERA 1944|
|1.||New Year’s Day||January||01||Pausha||11||Sunday|
|2.||Makar Sankranti, Magha, Bihu||January||14||Pausha||24||Saturday|
|4.||Basant Panchami, Sri Panchami||January||26||Magha||06||Thursday|
|5.||Hazarat Ali’s Birthday, Guru
Ravi Das’s Birthday
|6.||Birthday of Swami Dayananda Saraswati||February||15||Magha||26||Wednesday|
|9.||holika dahan, dolyatra||March||07||Phalguna||16||Tuesday|
|SAKA ERA 1945|
|10.||Chaitra Sukladi, Gudi, Padava, Ugadi, Cheti Chand||March||22||Chaitra||01||Wednesday|
|12.||Vaisakhi, Vishu, Meshadi||April||14||Chaitra||24||Friday|
|13.||Vaisakhadi (Bengal), Bahag Bihu (Assam)||April||15||Chaitra||25||Saturday|
|15.||Birthday of Guru Rabindranath’s Tagore||May||09||Vaisakha||19||Tuesday|
|17.||Parsi New Year’s day, Nauraj||August||16||Sravana||25||Wednesday|
|19.||Onam or Thiru Onam Day||August||29||Bhadra||07||Tuesday|
|24.||Dussehra (Maha Ashtami)||October||22||Asvina||30||Sunday|
|26.||Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday||October||28||Kartika||06||Saturday|
|27.||Karaka Chaturthi (Karwa Chouth)||November||01||Kartika||10||Wednesday|
|31.||Pratihar Shashthi or Surya Shashthi (Chhat Puja)||November||19||Kartika||28||Sunday|
|32.||Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day||November||24||Agrahayana||03||Friday|
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