Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs (Colombo)
Sri Lanka's Home Affairs Minister, Vajira Abeywardena, has issued a statement clarifying the applicability of the upcoming May 7, 2018, public holiday for the Sri Lankan private sector.
As per Home Affairs Minister Abeywardena's statement, "it is only necessary to gazette public and bank holidays. But it is not necessary to issue a gazette notification to legalize the May 7 Labour Day holiday which was shifted from May 1 to the private sector. Private sector has to follow the suit".
The aforementioned declaration of May, 2018, as a non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka, was contained a gazette notification ("the Public and Bank Holiday fallen on Tuesday, the 1st of May 2018 for International Labour Day is cancelled due to the Vesak Week scheduled from 26th April 2018 to 02nd May 2018 and Monday, 07th of May shall be a Public and Bank Holiday to celebrate International Labour Day"), issued last month (11-Apr-2018), and signed by Sri Lanka's Minister of Home Affairs, Vajira Abeywardana, confirming the announcement made the previous month (27-Mar-2018), by Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, that the Sri Lankan Government would declare Monday, May 7, 2018, as a non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka "taking into the consideration of the Vesak week, which coincides with the International Workers Day".
The aforementioned declaration of Monday, May 7, 2018, as a non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka thus amended the official list of Sri Lankan public holidays for the calendar year 2018, as announced last summer (24-Jul-2017).
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