Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 18
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and states on a PIL seeking a uniform national public holiday policy.
A Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde asked the Centre and states to respond to the PIL by All India Shiromani Singh Sabha which alleged that currently public holidays were being declared on the basis of “whims and fancies of various political groups”.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Bench that he will get instructions on the issue.
The petitioner complained that the birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru—Guru Gobind Singhji—has yet not been declared a public holiday, although he is an important historical figure.
There was no law dealing with declaration of public holidays, it alleged and pointed out that in countries such as New Zealand, the UK and the US, holidays were governed by their respective laws.
Public holidays are declared through executive instructions and they are based on “whims and fancies” of various political and community groups, the petitioner alleged, seeking a direction on guidelines for declaring public/gazetted holidays across India.