Christmas not to be a Holiday for Government Employees in Haryana

Christmas will not be a holiday for government employees in Haryana. Instead, December 25, which is also the birthday of former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee, will be observed as ‘Good Governance and Cleanliness Day’ in the state, triggering speculation if the Centre and other BJP-ruled states would follow suit.

“We received a communication from the urban local bodies department, saying that a cleanliness drive will be launched at the district as well as block level on December 25. All offices will remain open on that day, as they were on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti. I do not expect schools to remain open, but if they wish to, it is entirely up to them. There is no official order for them to remain open,” Gurgaon deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash told TOI on Monday.

Additional deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh assigned duties to various officials on Monday. “The state government is going to launch the ‘CM window’ on that day as well, to establish better coordination between the government and the public using information technology,” he said. It was unclear if the Manohar Lal Khattar government had acted on its own and scrapped the gazetted holiday.

Meanwhile, the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) has announced an event to mark Good Governance Day on December 25, even as the Centre is yet to firm up its overall plan for the day.

A senior IAS officer indicated that DeitY has sent out a communication to government officials regarding the event titled ‘Good Governance through e-Governance’, which will comprise the main function with minister for communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad as the chief guest, and an exhibition to be held between 10.45am and 5pm. The mail invites the officers to participate by offering suggestions on e-governance and visiting the exhibition. However, the officer said the participation is meant to be voluntary.

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