Why second Saturday is declared as closed holiday by Indian government?
This practice continues from the British Rule in India since the
East India Company regime. I admit, I don't know the exact reason
why it was started and exactly since when? But most probably, it
may be on account of implementation of some Bye-laws of the
Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the East
india Company, when the company started ruling over different
states by and by.
The Government of India, however adopted every such
administrative system, as set up by the British Rule, even after
the independence of India. And the system still continues. However,
in the Prime minstership period of Shri Rajev Gandhi the Central
Government adopted 5 days' week for adminstrative offices (not
operative offices) instead of 6 days' week with every saturday
closed day in Central Government offices on the pattern of the
western countries. Of course it was not as a matter of copying
other countries, but due to depleting foreign exchange resources
due to rising prices of the petroleum products, as India was
depending mostly on the import of crude oil.
Second Story: Its really very interesting reason for the holiday
on second saturday every month.
There was a very sincere assisstant for a british officer during
19th century. He used to go to his hometown to meet his parents
only during holidays. This routine continued for years together. As
the days passed, the assisstant's responsibilities were also
started increasing which made him to work more with lesser
holidays. One day it so happened that the assisstant's parents came
to meet their son. They went to the officer with a request to send
their son on leave. Then that officer came to know the fact that
his assisstant was so much involved in his work and did not find
any free time to meet his aged parents. This situation made the
officer to appreciate the sincerity and loyalty of his assisstant
and declared holiday on second saturday of every month to go to his
hometown. Eversince he made this announcement, the British
government incorporated this rule and announced holiday officially.
This culture has been followed by the Indian government for
@by sunil kumar