Tamil Nadu: January 17 Declared as Holiday For Educational Institutions, Govt Offices | Read Details

Tamil Nadu News: This comes in the wake of representations and petitions from employee unions seeking a holiday on Monday since January 18 (Tuesday) is a government holiday in view of Thaipoosam and there will be a complete lockdown on Sunday owing to rising COVID cases. 

Updated: January 12, 2022 3:24 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Surabhi Shaurya

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New Delhi: The Tamil Nadu government has declared a holiday for government offices and educational institutions on January 17, Monday. In a circular, the government asserted that the offices and educational institutions will have to work on January 29, Saturday as a compensatory working day.

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This comes in the wake of representations and petitions from employee unions seeking a holiday on Monday since January 18 (Tuesday) is a government holiday in view of Thaipoosam and there will be a complete lockdown on Sunday owing to rising COVID cases.

“Since the local holiday on January 17 has not been declared under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the District Collectors are to ensure that district treasury and sub-treasuries function with skeleton staff,” an order issued by the state government read.

Though the Stalin-led government has shut colleges and schools for students in the wake of rising COVID cases, the teachers, have claimed that they have to go to educational institutions as usual.  A section of teachers has also requested the state government to at least allow them on a rotational basis.

In a related development, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin urged the DMK functionaries to desist from greeting him in person on Pongal and said the pandemic situation called for extreme restraint and strict compliance with the government’s COVID-19 safety precautions.

Though he will be immensely delighted in meeting the party members to exchange greetings, in the present context, particularly amidst increasing Coronavirus cases, it will be prudent to avoid crowding. I kindly request you to avoid the congregation. It is absolutely mandatory to follow the government guidelines on COVID-19 precautions, the DMK president, who piloted his party to a spectacular win after being in the opposition for a decade, said.

In a letter to party members, Stalin recalled that he made a similar appeal for the New Year’s Day for the same reason and was amazed at the sense of control of the cadres who accepted and adhered to it. So, I request you to observe it on this Pongal (mid-January) festival. Be resolute in preventing the spread of Coronavirus. This will be an unparalleled Pongal gift you will be giving me, the DMK president said.

Extending his Pongal greetings to the party functionaries he said let there be a surfeit of love in hearts and joy in homes. Pongal festival is a unique symbol of Tamil culture, a festival dedicated to peasants and a festival of thanksgiving to nature. He recalled that it was the DMK which identified Pongal as a Tamil festival. Party legislators and officials should ensure the government Pongal gift hampers reaches the beneficiaries.

May your hearts and minds be filled with everlasting joy. Adhere to government guidelines on COVID-19 safety. Maintain social distancing and wear masks to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Stalin urged.

(With Agency Inputs)

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Published Date: January 12, 2022 3:07 PM IST

Updated Date: January 12, 2022 3:24 PM IST