Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during 2015

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during 2015 – List of Central Government Closed Holidays, Restricted Holidays, State wise Closed Holidays for the Year 2015

F.No.12/5/2014-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 6th June, 2014

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015.

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 2015. 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. IVIAKAR SANKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAM
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAICHI / VAISAKHADI / BAHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA 181 NAVRATRA / NAUROZ/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 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 Fitr, 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 Departments/ 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 2014, Diwaii (Deepavali) falls on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (Kartika 01). 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 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 / organisations themselves for the year 2014, 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 9(Nine) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad, Rama Navami, Id-ul-Fitr, Janamashtami and Muharram 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/-
(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
ANNEXURE-I
LIST OF HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2015 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
S.No. Holiday Date Saka Date Day
1936 SAKA ERA
1 Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) January 04 Pausha 14 Sunday
2 Republic Day January 26 Magha 06 Monday
3 Holi March 06 Phalguna 15 Friday
1937 SAKA, ERA
4 Ram Navami March 28 Chaitra 07 Saturday
5 Mahavir Jayanti April 02 Chaitra 12 Thursday
6 Good Friday April 03 Chaitra 13 Friday
7 Buddha Purnima May 04 Vaisakha 14 Monday
8 Idu’lFitr July 18 Ashadha 27 Saturday
9 Independence day August 15 Sravana 24 Saturday
10 Janmashtami September 05 Bhadra 14 Saturday
11 Id-ul-Zuha(Bakrid) September 25 Asvina 03 Friday
12 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday October 02 Asvina 10 Friday
13 Dussehra October 22 Asvina 30 Thursday
14 Muharram October 24 Kartika 02 Saturday
15 Diwali (Deepavali) November 11 Kartika 20 Wednesday
16 Guru Nanak’s Birthday November 25 Agrahayana 04 Wednesday
* Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) December 24 Pausha 03 Thursday
17 Christmas Day December 25 Pausa 4 Friday

*Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) falls twice in the year 2015

ANNEXURE-II
LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2015 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
S.No Holiday Date Saki Date Day
SAKA ERA 1936
1 New Year’s Day January 01 Pausha 11 Thursday
2 Makar Sankranti January 14 Pausha 24 Wednesday
3 Pongal January 15 Pausha 25 Thursday
4 Basant Panchami /Sri Panchami January 24 Magha 04 Saturday
5 Guru Ravidas’s Birthday February 03 Magha 14 Tuesday
6 Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti February 14 Magha 25 Saturday
7 Shivaji Jayanti February 19 Magha 30 Thursday
8 Holika Dahan March 05 Phalguna 14 Thursday
9 Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi Padava/ Ugadi/ Cheti Chand March 21 Phalguna 30 Saturday
1936 SARA ERA
10 Easter Sunday April 05 Chaitra 15 Sunday
11 Vaisakhi/Vishu/Masadi April 14 Chaitra 24 Tuesday
12 Vaisakhadi(Bengal)/ Bahag Bihu (Assam) April 15 Chaitra 25 Wednesday
13 Hazarat Al’s Birthday May 03 Vaisakha 13 Sunday
14 Guru Rabindranath’s birthday May 09 Vaisakha  19 Saturday
15 Jamat-Ul-Vida July 17 Ashadha 26 Friday
16 Rath Yatra July 18 Ashadha 27 Saturday
17 Parsi New Year’s day/ Nauroz August 18 Sravana 27 Tuesday
18 Onam August 28 Bhadra 06 Friday
19 Raksha Bandhan August 29 Bhadra 07 Saturday
20 Vinayaka Chaturthi/ Ganesh Chaturthi September 17 Bhadra 26 Thursday
21 Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional) October 20 Asvina 28 Tuesday
22 Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional) October 21 Asvina 29 Wednesday
23 Dussehra (Maha Navmi) October 22 Asvina 30 Thursday
24 Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday October 27 Kartika 05 Tuesday
25 Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth) October 30 Kartika 08 Friday
26 Deepavali (South India) November 10 Kartika 19 Tuesday
27 Naraka Chaturdasi November 10 Kartika 19 Tuesday
28 Govardhan Puja November 12 Kartika 21 Thursday
29 Bhai Duj November 13 Kartika 22 Friday
30 Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja) November 17 Kartika 26 Tuesday
31 Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day November 24 Agrahayana 03 Tuesday
32 Christmas Eve November 24 Pausha 03 Thursday

Download DOPT Office Memorandum F.No.12/5/2014-JCA-2 dated 06.06.2014

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