Haryana: In a significant move, the Haryana government has announced a paid holiday/special casual leave on November 25, 2023, in all state government offices, educational institutions, and other entities. This decision comes in light of the General Election scheduled for the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly on the same day.
Exclusivity for Registered Voters
The official notification states that the special holiday applies exclusively to employees, students, and individuals who are registered as voters in Rajasthan. This move is aimed at facilitating their participation in the electoral process and ensuring that they can exercise their right to vote without any hindrance.
Legal Basis for Leave
The announcement cites the legal provisions under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881, and Section 135-B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (amended in 8/1996) as the basis for granting paid leave on the election day. This step is in line with the government’s commitment to promoting democratic participation.
Closure Extension to Private Sector
In addition to government institutions and schools, the special holiday has been extended to employees working in shops, factories, and private establishments situated in Haryana. This inclusivity ensures that individuals across various sectors have the opportunity to cast their votes in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Election.
Telangana Schools Await Decision
While Haryana takes proactive measures, government schools in Telangana are also anticipated to remain closed on November 29 and 30, 2023. An official announcement is pending, and the Election Commission may order the closure of schools in advance of the elections, allowing for a 2-day holiday.
Haryana’s decision to declare a paid holiday for the upcoming Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Election reflects a commitment to fostering civic engagement. The inclusivity of private sector employees and the potential closure of schools in Telangana further underscore the significance of facilitating citizens’ active participation in the democratic process.