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India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has released the DOPT Order F.No.12/1/2019-JCA-2 containing its annual list of public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government of India, for the upcoming calendar year 2020.
As is often the case (2018-07-11, 2011-07-03, 2010-06-27, 2009-06-13, and 2008-06-15), but not always (2017-06-15, 2016-06-25, 2015-06-11, 2014-06-07 and 2014-07-16, 2013-06-15 and 2012-06-10), the aforementioned list of 2020 public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed by India's Central Government ("Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the 2020 ") has a unique date for the northern Indian Diwali as for the southern Indian Deepavali, although one of the footnotes, probably copied over from last year, incorrectly states the contrary ("During 2019, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Saturday, November 14, 2020 (Kartika 23). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Naraka Chaturdasi 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").
As usual, the aforementioned list of 2020 public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed by India's Central Government includes the mention that "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" and that "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 ".
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