Holidays to be observed in Department of Posts for the year – 2019
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
Dated: 30th October 2018
All Chief Postmasters General,
All Postmasters General,
SUB: Holidays to be observed in Department of Posts for the year – 2019
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.
Assistant Director General (Estt.)
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
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
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANKRANTI
8. RATH YATRA
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.
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
LIST OF HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2019 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
|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|
LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2019 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
|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|