Govt declares holiday on April 10

Employees of government and private establishments, daily wage workers and contract workers will get a paid holiday on April 10, due to the Lok Sabha elections being held in the city, the Delhi government said on Monday.

“As per the provision of Section 135 B (i) of the Representation of People (RP) Act, every person employed in any business, trade, industrial undertaking or any other establishment and entitled to vote, shall be granted a holiday on April 10,” a government official said.

Further, all establishments and shops, including those which work on shift basis will be closed on the day of poll, and no deduction or abatement of the wages will be made on account of holiday.

“The daily wage and casual workers are also entitled for a holiday and wages on poll day. No deduction or abatement of the wages shall be made on account of this holiday and if any person is employed on the basis that they would not ordinarily receive wages for such a day, they shall nonetheless be paid wages,” the order further said.

P C Jain, Special Secretary, General Administration Department, said any contravention of the above provisions by an employer is punishable under the relevant sections of the RP Act.

However, this section shall not apply to any elector whose absence may cause danger or substantial loss in respect of the employment in which he is engaged, Jain said.

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