Dates of Election declared as Public Holidays, 2013

Government of West Bengal
Finance Department
(Audit Branch)
Writers’ Buildings, Kolkata-700 001

No. 5482-F(P), Dated: 09.07.2013.


In view of the elections to the Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zilla Parishads to be constituted under the West Bengal Panchayat Act, 1973 and to be held on 11th, 15th, 19th, 22nd and 25th of July, 2013 in different districts in the State (except Darjeeling), the Governor is hereby pleased to declare the said days as public holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 for the districts mentioned in the following schedule:

Sl. No.Date of PollName of DistrictsHoliday under N.I. Act
111.7.2013Purulia, Bankura and Paschim Medinipur11.7.2013
215.7.2013Purba Medinipur, Hooghly and Burdwan15.7.2013
319.7.2013Howrah, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas19.7.2013
422.7.2013Nadia, Murshidabad, Malda and Birbhum22.7.2013
525.7.2013Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur25.7.2013

All Government Offices, Organizations under it, Undertakings, Corporations, Boards, Statutory and Local Bodies, Educational Institutions, etc. situated within the districts excepting those within the municipalities shall remain closed on the respective dates so that every employee is able to exercise his/her right of franchise in the election.

2. The Labour Department will issue suitable instructions to Shops, Commercial and Industrial Establishments including Tea Gardens to declare the said dates for the concerned districts as paid holiday for the workers to exercise their franchise in the election.

3. In case the date of poll is a working day in any Central Government or any other establishments within the concerned districts, the employees who are voters to the election shall be permitted to cast their votes by way of special leave.

4. In case of an employee working outside the concerned districts and when the date of poll has not been declared as holiday there as in Para 1 above, he/she shall be allowed special leave for the day.

5. In case of re-poll, the employees/workers shall be allowed to cast their votes on the date of reĀ­poll in the manner as in Para 3 and 4 above.

6. The days before the date of polls being the date of dispatch are hereby declared as local holidays for the Educational Institutions situated within the respective districts excepting those within the municipalities as detailed below:

Sl. No.Date of PollName of DistrictsLocal holiday for educational/other institutions
111.7.2013Purulia, Bankura and Paschim Medinipur10.7.2013
219.7.2013Howrah, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas18.7.2013
325.7.2013Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur24.7.2013

In case any educational institution or any other establishment within any municipality has been selected as dispatch centre, local holiday may be declared for the said institution by the Competent Authority on the day of dispatch.

7. The poll process may continue up to late hours in the nights of 11th July, 2013, 15th July, 2013, 19th July, 2013, 22nd July, 2013 and 25th July, 2013, as the case may be, and the polling parties may obtain their release from their reception centres in the small hours of the morning (or even afterwards) of 12th July, 2013, 16th July, 2013, 20th July, 2013, 23rd July, 2013 and 26th July, 2013 rendering it difficult for them to attend office in time. In consideration of this situation, special leave may be allowed for the 12th July, 2013, 16th July, 2013, 20th July, 2013, 23rd July, 2013 and 26th July, 2013 as the case may be to the officers and employees who were deployed for poling duties.

Sd/- A.K. Das
OSD & ex-officio Joint Secretary
Finance Department
Government of West Bengal

No. 5482-F dated 09.07.2013, Source

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