The Uttar Pradesh government on 25 April 2017 cancelled as many as 15 public holidays in educational institutions that commemorated the birth and death anniversaries of eminent personalities.
The decision was taken by the state’s cabinet during its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
• Students would instead be taught on these days about the great personalities through a two-hour programme.
• Government employees would be able to still avail the restricted holidays on these days.
• In UP, out of 42 public holidays at least 17 are related to the birth anniversaries of known personalities.
• The previous Samajwadi Party government had declared the birth anniversaries of Maharishi Kashyap and Maharshi Nishadraj, former PM Chandrashekhar and Maharana Pratap as public holidays.
The UP CM previously on the occasion of B R Ambedkar’s 126th birth anniversary expressed his concern over the shrinking academic session due to increased holidays by stating that the 220-day academic session had been reduced to only 120 days due to such holidays.
The holidays that have been cancelled now include Jan Nayak Karpori Thakur birth anniversary (24 Jan), Maharshi Kashyap and Maharshi Nishadraj Jayanti (5 April), Maharana Pratap Jayanti (9 May), Hazrat Ajmeri Garib Nawaj Urs (26 April), Parashu Ram Jayanti (28 April), birth anniversary of Chandrashekhar (17 April), Chhat Puja (26 October), Eid Milad Un Nabi (2 December) and Chaudhary Charan Singh Jayanti (23 December).
Who: UP Government