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Sunday officially is not a 'holiday':Government of India

An interesting fact has come out from RTI filed by an activist in Jammu. Sunday, which is being treated as a holiday in all the public and private sectors, and everyone is accustomed to relax on this day, but the fact is that the Government of India has issued no order till now which officially declares it as a holiday.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 26, 2012 15:22 IST
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An interesting fact has come out from RTI filed by an activist in Jammu that officially Sunday has never been declared as a holiday.

Sunday, which is being treated as a holiday in all the public and private sectors, and everyone is accustomed to relax on this day, but the fact is that the Government of India has issued no order till now which officially declares it as a holiday.

Raman Sharma a Right to Information (RTI) activist in Jammu, sought information under RTI from the Prime Minister's Office asking "Is there any official order/notification issued by any ministry/department of the government declaring Sunday as holiday?"

The department of Personnel and Training, Government of India in its reply dated 18th July, 2012 signed by B Bandopadhyay, under secretary stated, "As per records available in JCA section of Department of Personnel & Training, there is no information regarding declaration of Sunday as holiday."

However the reply gave reference of order no. 13/4/85-JCA dated 21st May, 1985 of Department of Personnel and Training which says that in order to improve the efficiency, "The Government of India are pleased to introduce 5-day week in the civil administration offices of the Government of India with effect from 03rd June, 1985. Such Government offices would now work for five days a week from Monday to Friday, with all Saturdays as closed."

Even this order does not officially declare Sunday as holiday.