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List of Gazetted Holidays 2017 For Central Government Employees

List of Gazetted Holidays 2017 For Central Government Employees. In the previous article, we have given Income Tax Form 16 | How it is Useful for us | How to Get it and How to Calculate TDS on SalaryToday we are providing the complete list of gazetted holidays in 2017 for all central government employees. Holiday is the word that everyone wants to hear in their life. Be it a student or a central government employee, holiday cherishes everyone to the core. As far as the central government employees are concerned there are quite a fixed number of days that an employee can expect to be holiday in a whole year.

There are some of the compulsory or mandatory holidays, festive holidays and restricted holidays as well. As India is such a country where various religion and caste inhabits the holiday list from place to place is a bit different. Here in this article a holiday list and details are been mentioned for the year 2017.

List of Gazetted Holidays 2017 For Central Government Employees

1. It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure —I to this O.M. will be observed in the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2017. 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 or 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.

Compulsory Holidays

  • Republic Day
  • Independence Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
  • Buddha Purnima
  • Christmas Day
  • Dussehra (Vijay Dashmi)
  • Diwali (Deepavali)
  • Good Friday
  • Guru Nanak’s Birthday
  • Idu’l Fitr
  • Idu’l Zuha
  • Mahavir Jayanti
  • Muharram
  • Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday (Id-E-Milad)

3.1 In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays, 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
  • Holi
  • Janamashtami (Vaishnavi)
  • Ram Navami
  • Maha Shivratri
  • Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayak Chaturthi
  • Makar Sankranti
  • Rath Yatra
  • Onam
  • Pongal
  • Sri Panchami / Basant Panchami
  • Vishu/ Vaisakhi I Vaisakhadi / Bhag Bihu / Mashadi Ugadi / Chaitra Sukladi / Cheti Chand Gudi Padava 1st Navratra / Nauraji / 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 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. During 2017, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Thursday, October 19, 2017 (Ashvina 28). 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 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 2017, 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 11(Eleven) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Mahavir Jayanti, Id-ulZuha (Bakrid), Vijay Dashmi, Muharram, Guru Nanak Birthday and Miladun-Nabi(Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) 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.

List of Gazetted Holidays 2017 For Central Government Employees in India

Gazetted Holidays For Government Employees – Offices in Delhi and Other States – 2017

No Holiday Date Day Holiday Status for Central Govt offices in Delhi Holiday Status for Central Govt in States other than Delhi ***
1 Republic Day 26th January 2017  Thursday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
2 Maha Shivratri 24th  February 2017  Friday Gazetted Holiday NOT Gazetted Holiday***
3 Holi 13th  March 2017  Monday Gazetted Holiday NOT Gazetted Holiday***
4 Ram Navami 4th April 2017  Tuesday Gazetted Holiday NOT Gazetted Holiday***
5 Mahavir Jayanti 9th April 2017  Sunday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
6 Good Friday 14th April 2017  Friday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
7 Buddha Purnima 10th May 2017  Wednesday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
8 Idu’l Fitr * 26th June 2017  Monday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
9 Independence Day 15th August 2017  Tuesday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
10 Id-ul-Zuha(Bakrid) * 2nd September 2017  Saturday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
11 Dussehra 30th September 2017  Saturday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
12 Muharram * 1st October 2017  Sunday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
13 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday 2nd October 2017  Monday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
14 Diwali (Deepavali) ** 19th October 2017  Thursday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
15 Guru Nanak’s Birthday 4th November 2017  Saturday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
16 Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) * 2nd December 2017 Saturday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday
17 Christmas 25th December 2017  Monday Gazetted Holiday Gazetted Holiday

Restricted holidays

There are some holidays that are called Restricted Holidays. Restricted holidays are somewhat similar to festival holidays. These are pre-sanctioned holidays that one must know beforehand. The reason why it is called restricted as these holidays cannot be changed or altered beforehand. Just like the national or compulsory holidays. Restricted holidays only depict the auspicious holidays that one has to take whether he / she celebrates it or not.

For instance Dusshera is been celebrated by the Hindus but Muslims in all states will get the holiday on that day. This is what Restricted Holidays are all about under Central Government.

list of restricted holidays during the year 2017 for administrative offices of central government located at Delhi / New Delhi

S.No Holiday Date Day
1 New Year’s Day 1st January 2017 Sunday
2 Guru Govind Singh’s Birthday 5th January 2017 Thursday
3 Makar Sankranti 14th January 2017 Saturday
4 Pongal 14th January 2017 Saturday
5 Basant Panchami/Sri Panchami 1st February 2017 Wednesday
6 Guru Ravidas’s Birthday 10th February 2017 Friday
7 Shivaji Jayanti 19th February 2017 Sunday
8 Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti 21st February 2017 Tuesday
9 Holika Daham/Dolyatra 12th March 2017 Sunday
10 Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi Padava/Ugadi/Cheti Chand 28th March 2017 Tuesday
11 Hazarat Ali’s Birthday 11th April 2017 Tuesday
12 Vaisakhi/Vishu 13th April 2017 Thursday
13 Mesadi 14th April 2017 Friday
14 Vaisakhadi (Bengal) /Bahag Bihu (Assam) 15th April 2017 Saturday
15 Easter Sunday 16th April 2017 Sunday
16 Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday 9th May 2017 Tuesday
17 Jamat-UL-Vida 23rd June 2017 Friday
18 Rath Yatra 25th June 2017 Sunday
19 Raksha Bandhan 7th August 2017 Monday
20 Janmashtami (Vaishnav) 15th August 2017 Tuesday
21 Parsi New Year’s day/Nauraj 17th August 2017 Thursday
22 Vinayaka Chaturthi/Ganesh Chaturthi 25th August 2017 Friday
23 Onam 4th September 2017 Monday
24 Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional) 27th September 2017 Wednesday
25 Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional) 28th September 2017 Thursday
26 Dussehra (Maha Navmi) 29th September 2017 Friday
27 Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday 5th October 2017 Thursday
28 Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth) 8th October 2017 Sunday
29 Deepavali (south India) 18th October 2017 Wednesday
30 Naraka Chaturdasi 18th October 2017 Wednesday
31 Govardhan Puja 20th October 2017 Friday
32 Bhai Duj 21st October 2017 Saturday
33 Pratihar Sashthi Or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja) 26th October 2017 Thursday
34 Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day 24th November 2017 Friday
35 Christmas Eve 24th December 2017 Sunday

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Commercial and Trading establishment Industry – central government

There are many industries and sectors under the central government. Those firms which are dealing with commercial, trading and industrial establishment are eligible to expect 16 holidays in the year 2017 including the main 3 national holidays namely Republic Day, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday and Independence Day.

The organisation can also alter their holiday list a bit according to the festivals and local situations. It is not only for the commercial or trading establishment but for other sectors as well, there is free options available with the organisation that can alter few of the holidays according to the festivals arrive.

Change of Holidays

There is also a rule of change of holidays according to the situation. It can be happened regarding the mandatory holidays or festive holidays. Mostly the change of holidays takes place during the different festivals. Now consider Eid, one of the biggest festivals in India arrives on 2 September in the year 2017. The festival is been celebrated on the full moon day. So according to the moon’s position the festival will take place. If the moon does not show up on the 2 as per the ritual then the holiday will be changed to either 3 or 1 may be.

Regarding this in West Bengal deewali is celebrated a day before when it is Kali Puja in the state of Bengal. So in this case the Bengal people get two days holidays one for the Kali Puja and other for the mandatory Deewali. On the other during Durga Puja, the biggest festival in Bengal, employees get holiday two days prior to the Dusshera i .e. from Ashtami (the 8 day of Durga Puja) till the Dusshera while the other parts of the country enjoy only one day for Dusshera.

Bank Holidays

Bank holidays are not included in the Central Government holiday list. They were set by the Financial Ministry. Every year on 1 of April (starting of new financial year) all the banks remain closed. Again on 30 September, the banks remain closed for half yearly service. But none of the days are allotted to any central government employees for holidays.

Casual Leave and Other Leaves

Casual Leave and other leaves are not included in the holiday list for the Central government employees. Many people get confused between the two. But leaves are those which are allotted to each employee apart from the mandatory and festival holidays. If the employees don’t take the leaves they can easily work. But there is no way that employees can work on the holidays set by the government. They are bound to take the day off during holiday but not leave. Depending on the instruction issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Union Territory Administration decide the holiday list for the Central Government employees every year.

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