However, the official release later clarified that all government employees can still avail the restricted holidays on these days.
The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, during its third Cabinet meeting, on Tuesday, cancelled as many as 15 public holidays announced by the previous Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) governments, according to the Indian Express. However, the official release later clarified that all government employees can still avail the restricted holidays on these days. In the Cabinet meeting, the incumbent state government cancelled 15 holidays that were declared to mark the birth and death anniversaries of various eminent personalities.
“Instead, students in schools and colleges would now be taught about the great personalities on these days,” Cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma said on the latest decisions of the government.
Speaking at the occasion of Dr BR Ambedkar’s 126th birth anniversary, CM Adityanath expressed his concern over the deterioration in academic sessions due to the increasing holidays.
According to a report by Indian Express, Adityanath had said, “There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities. Instead, a special two-hour programme should be held to teach students about them. The 220-day academic session has been reduced to only 120 days due to such holidays and if this tradition continues, there will be no day left for teaching in schools.”
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Currently there are 42 public holidays given in educational institutions in UP of which at least 17 are related to the birth anniversaries of prominent personalities. Here is the complete list of public holidays cancelled by Yogi Adityanath cabinet:
1. Karpoori Thakur birth anniversary – January 24
2. Cheti Chand – March 29
3. Maharshi Kashyap and Maharaj Guha birth anniversary – April 5
4. Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti – April 14
5. Chandrashekhar Jayanti – April 17
6. Parshuram Jayanti – April 28
7. Loknayak Maharana Pratap Jayanti – May 9
8. Jamat-Ul-Vida/ last Friday of Ramzan – June 23
9. Vishwakarma Puja – September 17
10. Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti – September 21
11. Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti – October 5
12. Chhat Puja – October 26
13. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Acharya Narendra Dev Jayanti – October 31
14. Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi – December 2
15. Chaudhary Charan Singh Jayanti – December 23