It’s a classic case of keeping government employees happy ahead of elections, and completely disregarding the interest of the common man.
In a decision that will bring a smile to the faces of its employees, the state government declared a holiday in its offices on Monday, the day before Diwali. This will lead to six consecutive holidays for government employees. In other words, the government will come to a standstill for as many days.
In a statement, the state government said that all its offices would observe a holiday on Monday, November 12. The decision would also apply to offices of various boards and corporations and also local self-government bodies.
As a result of this, Friday would be the last working day in state government offices for a week. The offices will remain closed on Saturday on account of it being the second Saturday of the month. This would be followed by holidays on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (Diwali day), Wednesday (Gujarati New Year) and Thursday (Bhai Beej).
The government offices would reopen on the coming Friday. However, if a government employee takes leave on Friday and Saturday (November 16 & 17) he would get an unprecedented nine consecutive holidays to celebrate the festivals. The government, however, defends its decision of declaring Monday as a holiday.
“Monday, November 12, was a restricted holiday. It has now been converted to a full holiday. And, as has been announced, government offices would function on December 22, the fourth Saturday of the month, to make up for the additional holiday,” said a senior official in the general administration department.
Another official said that even otherwise, for all practical purposes, a large number of government employees opt for casual leave on such days.