Yogi govt cancels fifteen holidays on VIPs birth, death anniversaries
The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday cancelled fifteen public holidays in marking the birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities.
Most of the holidays had been announced by the previous Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party governments evidently to keep certain sections of the society in good humour, often with an eye on the vote bank.
However, the state Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath determined to cancel fifteen such public holidays in educational institutions.
“Instead, students in schools and colleges would now be instructed about the superb personalities on these days,” Cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma said while briefing mediapersons on the decisions of the government.
An official release later clarified that government employees were free to avail restricted holidays on these days.
Adityanath had in his address on the occasion of Dr BR Ambedkar’s 126th birth anniversary voiced concern over the shrinking academic session due to enhanced holidays.
“There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of superb personalities. Instead, a special two-hour programme should be held to instruct students about them.
The 220-day academic session has been diminished to only one hundred twenty days due to such holidays and if this tradition resumes, there will be no day left for instructing in schools,” he had said.
In Uttar Pradesh, there are forty two public holidays of which at least seventeen are related to the birth anniversaries of eminent personalities.
The previous Samajwadi Party government had proclaimed holidays on the birth anniversaries of former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar (April 17), Maharishi Kashyap and Maharshi Nishadraj Jayanti (April Five), Hazrat Ajmeri Garib Nawaj Urs (April 26), Maharana Pratap Jayanti (May 9) besides on the death anniversary of Ambedkar (December 6).
Sharma said the revised list of holidays will soon be made available.
Public holidays that have been scrapped by the government include Jan Nayak Karpori Thakur birth anniversary (Jan 24), Maharshi Kashyap and Maharaj Guha birth anniversary (Apr Five), Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Ajmeri Gareeb Nawaz Urs on (Apr 14), Chandrashekhar birth anniversary (Apr 17), Parashu Ram Jayanti (Apr 28), Maharana Pratap Jayanti (May 9), Jamat Ul Vida on June twenty three (last Friday of Ramzan), Chhat Puja (Oct 26), Eid Milad Un Nabi (Dec Two), Chaudhary Charan Singh Jayanti (Dec 23).