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Dear Rajan,
It's better you have to go thro' the discussions taken place in this forum and you'll get enough materials to understand complexity of holidays in India. Especially what has been provided by Vikramsingh in detail therein.
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As many others pointed out Govt. of India prescribed the NH which has to be followed strictly excepting in respect of those on duty either by rotation policy or for essential and emergency duties.
Jan 26th - Republic Day
Aug 15th - Independence Day
Oct 2nd - Gandhi Jayanthi , in many years 14th April Dr.Ambedkar's Jayanthi also observed as NH.
Here you must see there is no compulsory National Festival Holiday as such because hardly any such festival observed by all India as most of them festivals related to religions.
Other festivals/State holidays should be guided by the list of holidays provided by the respective state govts.and jointly decided with Unions or under SO of the Estt.

From India, Bangalore
Dear Ranjana
Your ex-HOD is right.
".... benefit should be given to each and every empoloyee who is working in a company either he is on leave or on work."
Why should be anyone DEPRIVED of national and other Holidays that come in between leaves ??
In the instant case, the employee will only apply for 8 leaves and only 8 leaves will be deducted from his leave balance.
There is something called Fairness and Fair Dealing, which sadly many companies are lacking these days.
Irrespective of whatever your Company rules and Policy says, which may be right or wrong; As far as Law is concerned, it will only be in favour of Fairness and Justice.
The best way to understand this is :
Place yourself in place of the employee. Would you be happy; and consider it Fair, if you yourself are taking Leave and that in spite of Closed Holidays, when your office is Closed, 2 days of Leave is deducted from your Leave Balance ??
Warm regards.

From India, Delhi
Namaaste Rajkumarji,
I have done that as a policy change this year onwards, excluded, all holidays and weekly offs from leaves.
The earlier system was to include all days as leaves, but I have made necessary changes and revised the same.
I believe policies like these should be part of laws for employment.
Best Regards
Bharati S. Joshi

From India, Mumbai
Dear Bharati
I sincerely appreciate your initiative and efforts to bring about a change in HR policies which are fair, legal and employee-friendly. Please keep it up.
I hope others will also emulate you and act in a professional manner, instead of just putting up with unfair and exploitative HR policies.
Warm regards.

From India, Delhi
Dear all,
This is depend on your company policy. According to my experience , if any national,festival holiday comes between between continue leave.It must be considered as a leave not lapse as national festival holiday.
Purav Jangra

From India, Karnal
Query from all !!!
As per my experince I completely believe that the leave (deduction / adjustment) rule is totally based on the company's leave policy. It is no where written that National Holiday( 15th Aug, 26th Jan and 2nd Oct) need not be considered and WO/Regional Holidays shall be counted as part of leave.
Each company formulates its leave policy as per their business needs. Law only explains abt min. of No of leaves an employee is eligible for during calendar Year.
Now for example : If and employee remains absent during entire Aug Month(1st Aug ~ 31st Aug) and have not applied for a leave OR do not leave in his account OR is absconding , company's are not bounded by law to pay salary for 1 day (i.e.15th Aug) as it is a National Holiday

From India, New Delhi
if any worker is called for duty in a factory,will he entitled for double O.T. and com. off.on national holiday
From India, Surat
Dear Ranjana
There have been couple of posts on this query
May see this one
Shailesh Parikh
Gujarat, Vadodara
99 98 97 10 65

From India, Mumbai
I may put forth before the forum that when holidays, weekly offs are counted as working day for calculating earned leave and for other purposes, then where lies the fault if intervening NH/WO are counted towards leave taken by the employee.
However suffix and prefix of NH/WO to leave should be allowed and should not be counted for towards leave. I may also point out that I have read somewhere that leaves are taken are considered as 'absence from duty from relinquishing the charge till the charge is taken back' If consider this aspect, then suffix and prefix is not allowed. Practically I am not much aware about this.
V K Gupta

From India, Panipat
subject about NH,
It's totally depend upon your copmany policy. Some copmanies have the policy where weekly off and holidays are counted in leave, if it come in between leave. However some companies don't,in my company weekly off/holidays intervening between the casual leave/sick leave will be debited to the leave account
thanking you

From India, Mysore

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