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Holidays to be observed in Department of Posts for the year – 2019


Holidays to be observed in Department of Posts for the year – 2019

No. 21-1/2018-PE-II 
Government of India 
Ministry of Communication & IT
 Department of Posts 
Establishment Division

Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi-110001
Dated: 30th October 2018 
01-11-2018
To, 
All Chief Postmasters General,
 All Postmasters General,

SUB: Holidays to be observed in Department of Posts for the year – 2019

Sir/Madam, I am directed to forward herewith a copy of DOPT circular No. 12/2/2018-JCA-2 dated 11th July 2018 on Holidays to be observed in the Central Government Offices during the year 2019 for further necessary action at your end.

Yours sincerely,
 (D.K. Tripathi) 
Assistant Director 
General (Estt.)

F.No. 12/2/2018-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 11th July, 2018

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the 2019- 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 2019. 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 outsides Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsory 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.

1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA 
2. HOLI
 3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI) 
4. RAM NAVAMI 
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI 
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI 
7. MAKAR SANKRANTI 
8. RATH YATRA 
9. ONAM
 10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI 
12. VISHNU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA / 1ST NAVATRA / NAURAJ / 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 (indicated in para 3.1), 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. In 2019, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Sunday, October 27, 2019 (Kartika 05). 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 2019, 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 12 (Twelve) holidays of their own only after including in the list three National Holidays and Budha Purnima, Janamashtami (Vaishnava), Diwali, Milad-un.Nabi or Id-e-Milad in the list of compulsory holidays falling on the 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.
(Jugal Singh) 
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
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ANNEXURE-I
LIST OF HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2019

 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI

S.NO.
HOLIDAY
DATE
SAKA DATE
DAY
1940 SAKA ERA
1.
Republic Day
January 26
Magha 06
Saturday
2.
Maha Shivaratri
March 04
Phalguna 13
Monday
3.
Holi
March 21
Phalguna 30
Thursday
1940 SAKA ERA
4.
Mahavir Jayanti
April 17
Chaitra 27
Wednesday
5.
Good Friday
April 19
Chaitra 29
Friday
6.
Buddha Purnima
May 18
Vaisakha 28
Saturday
7.
Id-ul-Fitr
June 05
Jyaishtha 15
Wednesday
8.
Id-Uz-Zuha (Bakrid)
August 12
Sravana 21
Monday
9.
Independence Day
August 15
Sravana 24
Thursday
10.
Janmashtami
August 24
Bhadra 02
Saturday
11.
Muharram
September 10
Bhadra 19
Tuesday
12.
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
October 02
Asvina 10
Wednesday
13.
Dussehra
October 08
Asvina 16
Tuesday
14.
Diwali (Deepavali)
October 27
Kartika 05
Sunday
15.
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad)
November 10
Kartika 19
Sunday
16.
Guru Nanak’s Birthday
November 12
Kartika 21
Tuesday
17.
Christmas Day
December 25
Pausha 04
Wednesday
ANNEXURE-I

LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2019

 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
S.NO.
HOLIDAY
DATE
SAKA DATE
DAY
SAKA ERA 1940
1.
New Year’s Day
January 01
Pausha 11
Tuesday
2.
Lohri
January 13
Pausha 23
Sunday
3.
Makar Sankaranti
January 14
Pausha 24
Monday
4.
Pongal
January 15
Pausha 25
Tuesday
5.
Basant Panchami / Sri Panchami
February 10
Magha 21
Sunday
6.
Guru Ravidas’s Birthday
February 19
Magha 30
Tuesday
7.
Shivaji Jayanti
February 19
Magha 30
Tuesday
8.
Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti
March 01
Phalguna 10
Thursday
9.
Holika Dahan
March 20
Phalguna 29
Wednesday
10.
Dolyatra
March 21
Phalguna 30
Thursday
11.
Hazarat Ali’s Birthday
March 21
Phalguna 30
Thursday
SAKA ERA 1941
12.
Chaitra Sukladi / Gudi Padava / Ugadi / Chetti Chand
April 06
Chaitra 16
Saturday
13.
Ram Navami (Smarta)
April 13
Chaitra 23
Saturday
14.
Vaiskhi / Vishnu / Mesadi
April  14
Chaitra 24
Sunday
15.
Vaisakhadi (Bengal) / Bahag Bihu (Assam)
April 15
Chaitra 25
Monday
16.
Easter Sunday
April 21
Vaisakha 01
Sunday
17.
Guru Rabindranath’s birthday
May 09
Vaisakha 19
Thursday
18.
Jamat-Ul-Vida
May 31
Jyaishtha 10
Friday
19.
Rath Yatra
July 04
Ashadha 13
Thursday
20.
Raksha Bandhan
August 15
Sravana 24
Thursday
21.
Parsi New Year’s day / Nauraj
August 17
Sravana 26
Saturday
22.
Vinayaka Chaturthi / Ganesh Chaturthi
September 02
Bhadra 11
Monday
23.
Onam or Thiru Onam Day
September 11
Bhadra 20
Wednesday
24.
Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional)
October 05
Asvina 13
Saturday
25.
Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional)
October 06
Asvina 14
Sunday
26.
Dussehra (Maha Navmi)
October 07
Asvina 15
Monday
27.
Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday
October 13
Asvina 21
Sunday
28.
Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth)
October 17
Asvina 25
Thursday
29.
Naraka Chaturdasi
October 27
Kartika 05
Sunday
30.
Govardhan Puja
October 28
Kartika 06
Monday
31.
Bhai Duj
October 29
Kartika 07
Tuesday
32.
Pratihar Shashthi or Surya Shashthi (Chhat Puja)
November 02
Kartika 11
Saturday
33.
Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day
November 24
Agrahayana 03
Sunday
34.
Christmas Eve
December 24
Pausha 03
Tuesday

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