Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2021 – DOPT
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 10th June, 2020
Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2021- reg.
It has been decided that the holidays, as specified in the Annexure -I to this 0.M., will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2021. 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 specified at Annexure – II.
2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays, to be chosen out of the 12 optional holidays indicated below at para 3.1:
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 chosen 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, from the list indicated below. 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 the festivals and dates, as indicated at Annexure -I and Annexure-11 baring a few exceptions indicated at para 5.1 and 5.2 here in after.
1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
11. SRI PANCHAMI I BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI VAISAKHADI I BHAG BIHU MASHADI UGADI CHAITRA SUKLADI CHETI CHAND GUM PADAVA NAVRATRAN AORAZ/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 as a.nnexure-II to this D.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. However, 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, 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 in respect 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. During 2021, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Thursday, November 4, 2021 (Kartika 13). 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 2021, 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 13(Thirteen) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Mahavir Jayanti, Independence Day, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on days 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 to the Govt. of India
ANNEXURE – I
List of Holidays during the year 2021 for Administrative offices of Central Government located at Delhi / New Delhi
|1942 SAKA ERA|
|1||Republic Day||January 26||Magha 06||Tuesday|
|2||Holi||March 29||Chaitra 08||Monday|
|1943 Saka Era|
|3||Good Friday||April 02||Chaitra 12||Friday|
|4||Ram Navami||April 21||Vaisakha 01||Wednesday|
|5||Mahavir Jayanti||April 25||Vaisakha 05||Sunday|
|6||Id-ul-Fitr||May 14||Vaisakha 24||Friday|
|7||Budha Purnima||May 26||Jyaishtha 05||Wednesday|
|8||Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)||July 21||Ashadha 30||Wednesday|
|9||Independence Day||August 15||Sarvana||Sunday|
|10||Muharram||August 19||Sarvana 28||Thursday|
|12||Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday||October 02||Asvina 10||Saturday|
|13||Dussehra||October 15||Asvina 23||Friday|
|14||Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e-Mi1ad
(Birthday of Prophet
|October 19||Asvina 27||Tuesday|
|15||Diwali (Deepavali)||November 04||Kartika 13||Thursday|
|16||Guru Nanak’s Birthday||November 19||Kartika 28||Friday|
|17||Christmas Day||December 25||Pausha 04||Saturday|
LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2021 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI NEW DELHI
|SAKA ERA 1942|
|1||New year’s Day||January 01||Pausha||Friday|
|2||Lohri||January 13||Pausha 23||Wednesday|
|January 14||Pausha 24||Thursday|
|4||Guru Gobind Singh’s
|January 20||Pausha 30||Wednesday|
|5||Basant Panchami/ Sri Panchami||February 16||Magha 27||Tuesday|
|6||Shivaji Jayanti||February 19||Magha 30||Friday|
|7||Hazarat Ali’s Birthday||February 26||Phalguna 07||Friday|
|8||Guru Ravi Das’s Birthday||February 26||Phalguna 08||Saturday|
|9||Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti||March 08||Phalguna 17||Monday|
|10||Maha Shivaratri||March 11||Phalguna 20||Thursday|
|SAKA ERA 1943|
|11||Holika Dahan/Dolyatra||August 30||Bhadra||Monday|
|12||Easter Sunday||October 02||Asvina 10||Saturday|
|13||Chaitra Sukladi / Gudi
|October 15||Asvina 23||Friday|
|14||Mesadi Tamil New Year’s
|October 19||Asvina 27||Tuesday|
Bahag Bihu (Assam)
|November 04||Kartika 13||Thursday|
|16||Jamat-UI-Vida||November 19||Kartika 28||Friday|
|17||Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday||December 25||Pausha 04||Saturday|
|18||Rath Yatra||July 12||Ashadha 21||Monday|
|19||Parsi New Year’s day/Nauraj||August 16||Sravana 25||Monday|
|20||Onum or Thiru Onam Day||August 21||Sravana 30||Saturday|
|21||Raksha Bandhan||August 22||Sravana 31||Sunday|
|22||Janrnashtami (Smarta)||August 30||Bhadra 08||Monday|
|23||Vinayaka. Chaturthil Ganesh Chaturthi||September 10||Bhadra 19||Friday|
|24||Dussehra. (Saptami)||October 12||Asvina 20||Tuesday|
|25||Dussehra (Mahashtami)||October 13||Asvina 21||Wednesday|
|26||Dussehra (Mahanavmi)||October 14||Asvina 22||Thursday|
|27||Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday||October 20||Asvina 28||Wednesday|
|28||Karaka Chaturthi (Karwa Chouth)||October 24||Kartika 02||Sunday|
|29||Naraka Chaturdasi||November 03||Kartika 12||Wednesday|
|30||Govardhan Puja||November 05||Kartika 14||Friday|
|31||Bhai Duj||November 06||Kartika 15||Saturday|
|32||Pratihar Shashthi or Surya Shashthi (Chhat Puja)||November 10||Kartika 19||Wednesday|
|33||Guru Teg Dahadur’s Martyrdom Day||November24||Agrahayana 03||Wednesday|
|34||Christmas Eve||December 24||Pausha 03||Friday|