Students and State government employees have a reason to cheer this Pongal season, as the State government on Tuesday announced a holiday on January 14, thereby extending the overall holiday period to six days. However, February 9 would be a compensatory working day.
With January 12 and 13 falling on Saturday and Sunday and January 15, 16 and 17 being declared holidays for Pongal, Tiruvalluvar Day and Uzhavar Thirunaal, respectively, a holiday on January 14 would mean students and government employees get to enjoy a six-day holiday.
The government’s decision to announce a holiday on January 14 follows representations from various associations stating that such a move would help people spend time with their families in their hometowns during the festival.
Since the holiday was not announced under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, treasuries and sub-treasuries would function with minimal staff, and instructions to this effect had been given to all District Collectors, a G.O. stated.