Central Govt Declares Half-Day Holiday on 22nd till 2:30 PM

Considering the sentiments of the people and their requests, the Central Government has declared a half-day holiday on January 22, 2024, until 2:30 PM. This holiday applies to all Central Government Offices, Central Institutions, and Central Industrial Establishments across India. The decision is in observance of the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya, allowing devotees to participate in the event.

Holiday Declared in Five States

The governments of five states, namely Haryana, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, have already announced a holiday on January 22. This decision is in alignment with the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of Ram Mandir.

State-wise Announcements for January 22

  • Uttar Pradesh: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the closure of educational institutions and liquor shops on January 22, in light of the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of Ram Mandir.
  • Madhya Pradesh: Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has declared January 22 as a holiday and a ‘dry day’ in the state, urging people to celebrate the day like a festival.
  • Goa: The Goa government has declared a holiday for government employees and schools on January 22, in consideration of the ‘Pranapratishtha’ ceremony in Ayodhya.
  • Chhattisgarh: Chief Minister Vishnudev Sai announced a holiday on January 22 for all government schools and colleges in Chhattisgarh, emphasizing the significance of the day in the establishment of Lord Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
  • Haryana: The Haryana government has announced the closure of schools and a prohibition on liquor on January 22 in celebration of the Pranapratistha ceremony.

Instructions to Ministers for January 22

Ministers have been instructed to light lamps in their homes and feed the poor on January 22, celebrating the day similar to Diwali. Additionally, people from parliamentary constituencies are encouraged to take trains to Ayodhya after January 22, with directions to make necessary arrangements. Prime Minister Modi emphasizes simplicity to maintain harmony and goodwill during these celebrations.

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