Source:Government of Jammu and Kashmir (Srinigar)
Posted: Friday, December 25, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: December 16, 2021
The Government of India's Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has released its list of the non-working public holidays in Jammu and Kashmir for the upcoming calendar year 2021, with the release, yesterday, by the General Administration Department of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, of the Government Order No. 1159-JK(GAD) of 2020 ("List of holidays for the calendar year-2021").
The aforementioned Government Order No. 1159-JK(GAD), dated 24.12.2020, and signed by order of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, once again drops 2 traditional public holidays of Jammu and Kashmir, Martyrs' Day on July 13 and the birth anniversary of Sheikh Abdullah on December 5, while creating a new Accession Day public holiday on October 26.
As per custom (2019-12-28, 2018-12-13, 2017-12-15 and 2016-12-11), the list of 2021 public holidays in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir ("The holidays listed in Annexure-A and B to this order shall be observed in the Government ofices and educational institutions of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir during the calendar year-2021."), is in many parts.
The Annexure A lists the "Holidays to be Obsrerved throughout the territory of Jammu and Kashmir during the Calendar year-2021".
The Annexure B, for its part, contains the "Provincial Holidays (Kashmir Province)", the "Provincial Holidays (Jammu Province)", a list of "Local Holidays", and the list of "Restricted Holidays", which, for India's Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, is much shorter than in other Indian states and union territories.
The above "Holidays to be observed throughout the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir during the Calendar year 2021" can be expected to be amended during the year, as was the case in past years (2018-06-14, 2018-06-05, 2018-01-30, 2017-06-21, 2017-05-31 and 2017-04-22), although neither the 2019 dates nor the 2020 dates were modified.
Recall that, on October 31, 2019, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir was split into 2, as the new Union Territory of Ladakh was carved out of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, in a manner similar to the creation of Telangana as the 29th state of India on June 2, 2014, having itself been carved-out the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (2015-05-31).
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