Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued a clarification regarding requisition to change the date for Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami). As per the holiday policy of the Government of India, no change of dates is permissible in regard to festivals and dates indicated in the earlier order published on 18.6.2019.
The detailed order published by DoPT is reproduced and given below for your information…
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 20th December, 2019
Subject: Closed Holidays for the year 2020 – Date for Dusshera regarding.
In continuation of this Department’s OM of even number dated 18-6-2019 circulating therewith List of holidays for the year 2020, the undersigned is directed to state that some Central Government Employees Coordination Committees located in different States have sent representations for change in the date of Dusshera (Vijaya Dasami) holiday on 26-10-2020 (Monday) instead of 25-10-2020 (Sunday) in their States.
It is hereby informed that the decision of CGEWCCs located in different States, to declare Dussehra as closed holiday for the Central Govt. Offices on 26-10-2020 (Monday), is not in accordance with the holiday policy of the Government of India. However, Restricted Holiday on 26-10-2020 (Monday) for Dussehra (Vijay Dashmi) can be celebrated by the Central Government Offices, as specifically mentioned in DoPT’s OM No.12/1/2019/JCA 2 dated 18.06.2019, at para 3.1 that “no change of dates is permissible in regard to festivals and dates indicated”.
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2. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. Of India
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