Fundamental Rules and Service Rules Applicable to Central Government Employees – FR 11
As per the Fundamental Rule 11, a Central Government employee should come to the office even on public holidays if necessary. The Head of Office may, for the benefit of the public service, decide to keep the offices open, in whole or in part, even on public holidays.
In Lok Sabha on 11.12.2019, Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh replied to a question regarding opening of Central Govt Offices on Public Holidays. The detailed reply is given below for your information.
As per Fundamental Rule (FR)11, the whole time of a Government servant is
at the disposal of the Government, which pays him and he may be employed in any manner required by proper authority without claim for additional remuneration.
Sometimes with a view to meeting the exigencies of work such as when a Government business has to be transacted immediately or a deadline has to be met, the Head of the Office can, in the interest of public service, take a decision to keep the offices open fully or partially, even on public holidays. The staff who are deployed on official duty on public holidays are, however, compensated by granting them compensatory leave.
Need for laying down procedure for registering complaints in case of any
Government / private office remaining open on public holidays has not been felt.
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