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AAP goes the Adityanath way, to cut down on public holidays in Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yogi Adityanath is greeted after he was elected as Chief Minister of India?s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, during the party lawmakers' meeting in Lucknow, India March 18, 2017. Photograph: (Reuters)

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 28, 2017, 11.17 PM (IST)

Taking a cue from Uttar Pradesh, the Delhi government on Friday decided to cancel public holidays on birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced the decision on Twitter and said the AAP government was always open to learning from such "good initiatives" of other states.

"The Delhi government will cancel holidays on birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities. I have issued instruction to the chief secretary in this regard," he tweeted

Sisodia lauded the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for cancelling 15 public holidays on birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities

"The Uttar Pradesh government has taken a good initiative in this matter. We should always be ready to learn from other states," he said

In his written communication to Chief Secretary M M Kutty, Sisodia has directed him to examine such holidays in the Delhi government's offices and schools and prepare a list of holidays that can be done away with

As per the Delhi government's notification, dated December 7, 2016, there are around 13 holidays marking birth/death anniversary in 2017

Of these, six are gazetted holidays and seven are restricted. All offices remain closed on a gazetted holiday, whereas the Delhi government's employees can avail only two restricted holidays in a year

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet had on April 25 decided to cancel 15 public holidays in educational institutions

"Instead, students in schools and colleges would now be taught about the great personalities on these days," it had said

In a series of his tweets, Sisodia also mentioned the AAP government's initiatives -- establishment of "mohalla clinics" and the decision to not using red beacon lights -- which are being "praised" across the country

"We have noticed that good practices adopted by the Delhi government in last two years have been, partially or fully, adopted by other state governments as well as central government

"Establishment of 'mohalla clinics' in many states in one such example," he said in the written communication to the chief secretary

Former Secretary-General of United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan, has commended the Delhi government's flagship Mohalla Clinic project that is aimed at providing free primary healthcare to city residents closer home

Sisodia also said, "Another significant example is the central government's decision to ban the red beacon lights atop VIP/VVIPs vehicles

"We can say with pride that the Delhi government was the first to ban red beacons atop VIP/VVIP vehicles. No minister has ever used red beacons on his vehicles since this (AAP) government came to power," he said.

(PTI)

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