Hope we can see our cultural event Jallikattu for this year Pongal.
But this year, it seems that those employees interested in celebrating Pongal/Makar Sankranti has to obtain prior permission for availing this holiday. In case the higher official refuses to grant leave, the employee will have to attend duty, as per the news and claims by the Central government employees union.
Some times peace is better than being Right!!!
In the case of holidays for central government offices and institutions, there are certain compulsory holidays like Independence Day, Republic Day etc which are all India compulsory holidays. Then a set of holidays are given, which can be chosen by the regional set ups with the consent of the employee's organisation representatives as per local importance. Such festivals has no relevance or following in other regions or states. Hence they do not become all India holidays.
Pongal in Tamil Nadu , Onam in Kerala etc all come under that category. The employees organisation, welfare association have a role in selecting the choices. So even if it is not expressly declared as holiday, it is not central government to be blamed.
I wonder why the employees unions did not clarify this matter. In fact the holiday list get published much earlier. Why the issue comes now only?
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease