Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 11th June, 2015
Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2016- 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 2016. 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.
- 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
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.
- AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAHAR SANKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU /MASHADI UGADI/CHAITRA SUKLADI/CHETI CHAND/
GUDI PADAVA 1st NAVRATRA/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 festivals falling on the same day.
- The list of restricted Holiday 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 Idul 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, 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.
- During 2016, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Sunday , October 30, 2016 (Kartika 08). 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.
- 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 remainin holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2016, subject to para 3.2 above.
- Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays i terms of Instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- 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 10(Ten)) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Budh Purnima, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday, Diwali and Christmas included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.
- 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.
LIST OF HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2016 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
|2016 A.D. 1937 SAKA ERA|
|1||Republic Day||January 26||Magha 06||Tuesday|
|2||Holi||March 24||Chaitra 04||Thursday|
|3||Good Friday||March 25||Chaitra 05||Friday|
|4||Ram Navami||April 15||Chaitra 26||Friday|
|5||Mahavir Jayanti||April 20||Chaitra 31||Wednesday|
|6||Buddha Purnima||May 21||Vaisakha 31||Saturday|
|7||Idu’l Fitr||July 06||Ashadha 15||Wednesday|
|8||Independence day||Audust 15||Sravana 24||Monday|
|9||Janmashtami||August 25||Bhadra 03||Thursday|
|10||Id-Ul-Zuha (Bakrid)||September 12||Bhadra 21||Monday|
|11||Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday||October 02||Asvina 10||Sunday|
|12||Dussehra||October 11||Asvina 19||Tuesday|
|13||Muharram||October 12||Ashvina 20||Wednesday|
|14||Diwali (Deepavali)||October 30||Kartika 08||Sunday|
|15||Guru Nanak’s Birthday||November 14||Kartika 23||Monday|
|16||Milad –Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad (Birthday of prophet Mohammed)||December 13||Agrahayana 22||Tuesday|
|17||Christmas Day||December 25||Pausha 04||Sunday|
ANNEXURE – II
LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2016 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
|SAKA ERA 1937|
|1||New Year’s Day||January 01||Pausha 11||Friday|
|2||Makar Sankranti||January 14||Pausha 24||Thursday|
|3||Pongal||January 15||Pausha 25||Friday|
|4||Guru Govind Singh’s Birthday||January 16||Pausha 26||Saturday|
|5||Basant Panchami /Sri Panchami||February 12||Magha 23||Friday|
|6||Shivaji Jayanti||February 19||Magha 30||Friday|
|7||Guru Ravidas’s Birthday||February 22||Phalguna 03||Monday|
|8||Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti||March 04||Phalguna 14||Friday|
|9||Maha Shivaratri||March 07||Phalguna 17||Monday|
|SAKA ERA 1938|
|10||Holika Dahan, Dolyatra||March 23||Chaitra 03||Wednesday|
|11||Easter Sunday||March 27||Chaitra 07||Sunday|
|12||Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi Padava Ugadi/Cheti Chand||April 08||Chaitra 19||Friday|
|13||Vaisakhi/Vishu||April 13||Chaitra 24||Wednesday|
|14||Masadi/Vaisakhadi, Bahag Bihu (Asam)||April 14||Chaitra 25||Thursday|
|15||Hazarat Ali’s Birthday||April 21||Vaisakha 01||Thursday|
|16||Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday||May 08||Vaisakha 18||Sunday|
|17||Jamat –UL-Vida||July 01||Ashadha 10||Friday|
|18||Rath Yatra||July 06||Ashadha 15||Wednesday|
|19||Parsi New Year’s day/Nauraj||August 17||Sravana 26||Wednesday|
|20||Raksha Bandhan||August 18||Sarvana 27||Thursday|
|21||Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi||September 05||Bhadra 14||Monday|