Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi, the 10th October, 2001
Subject: CLOSING of Central Government Offices in connection with elections to Lok Sabha / State Assembly / Panchayat / Municipalities / Corporation or other Local Bodies - regarding
In modification of these instructions contained in this Department's O.M.No.12/4/86-JCA dated 9th March, 1987, the prescribed for future for closing of Central Government Offices including industrial establishments in connection with the elections indicated above.
(i) The relevant organizations shall remain closed in the notified areas where general elections to Lok Sabha Or State Legislative Assembly are scheduled to be conducted.
(ii) In connection with bye-election to Lok Sabha / State Assembly, only such of the employees who are bona-fide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling. Special Casual leave may also be granted to an employee who is ordinarily a rsident of a constituency and registered as a voter by employed in any Central Government Organization / Industrail Establishment located outside the constituency having a general / bye-election.
(iii) In connectin with local body elections, viz., Panchayat / Corporation / Municipality, the Government employee who are bona-fide voters and desire to excercise their franchise should be offered reasonable facility, subject to normal exigencies of service, either by coming late to office or being allowed to leave office early or a short absence on that day.
2. The employees detailed on election duty may also be permitted to remain away from their normal duties on polling day (s) as also on the days required for performing journeys which might be undertaken in order to perform such election duty
The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned.
Under Secretary to the Govt. of Inida.