Source:Government of Telangana (Hyderabad)
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: March 5, 2021
The Government of India's State of Telangana has released the Notification "HOLIDAYS- General Holidays and Optional Holidays for the year 2021 – Notified." (G.O.Rt.No.1756 dated 09.11.2020), signed by Somesh Kumar, Chief Secretary to Government, which officially lists the annual non-working public holidays to be observed in the Indian State of Telangana for the upcoming calendar year 2021, and which "shall be published in the next issue of Telangana extra-ordinary Gazette".
Telangana was formed as the 29th state of India on June 2, 2014, having been separated from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
The aforementioned list of the 2021 non-working public holidays in the Indian state of Telangana, as in past years (2019-11-22, 2018-11-16, 2017-11-25, 2016-11-23 and 2015-12-07), states that "The Government of Telangana hereby notifies that during the year 2021 the days specified in Annexure-I shall be observed as General Holidays by all the State Government Offices including the days for occasions / festivals which fall on Sundays and also notify Optional Holidays for State Government offices as shown in Annexure-II including the days for occasions / festivals which are falling on Sundays.", though, in fact, the "HOLIDAYS- General Holidays and Optional Holidays for the year 2021 – Notified." mentions no such 2021 Telangana public holiday, and on the contrary, declares a second Saturday as a working day ("13th February, 2021 (Second Saturday) is working day in lieu of public holiday declared on 1st January, 2021").
As regards Muslim public holidays in the Indian state of Telangana, the G.O.Rt.No.1756 specifies that "If there is any change of date in respect of Idu’l Fitar, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad as per the moon sight or any other holiday declared now, it shall be announced through electronic/print media. All the Departments of Secretariat, Heads of Departments and District Collectors shall take action according to such an announcement and without waiting for formal order about the change of date.".
Finally, as usual, the list of 2021 public holidays in Telangana contains an "Annexure" with the list of optional holidays and the mention that "In addition to the above mentioned General Holidays in Annexure I, the State Government employees may avail themselves of Optional Holidays not exceeding FIVE during the year 2021 on the festivals/occasions specified in Annexure-II to this order, at their option and irrespective of the religion to which the festival pertains. Permission to avail any of these holidays shall be applied for, in writing in advance and will normally be granted by the Superior Officer competent to grant casual leave except when the presence of an individual employee is considered necessary in exigencies of Government work.".
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