J&K Govt Grants Special Casual Leave for Kashmiri Pandit Employees for Mela Khir Bhawani Celebration

JKGAD Notifications

Jammu, June 11, 2024 — The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has announced a one-day Special Casual Leave for Kashmiri Pandit employees working in the Jammu Division. This leave is sanctioned for June 14, 2024 (Friday), to allow these employees to celebrate Mela Khir Bhawani.

According to Government Order No. 1210-JK(GAD) of 2024, issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) on June 10, 2024, this decision is made by the order of the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. The order highlights the government’s recognition of the cultural and religious significance of Mela Khir Bhawani for the Kashmiri Pandit community.

Mela Khir Bhawani is an important annual festival for Kashmiri Pandits, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Ragnya Devi. It is celebrated with great fervor and devotion at the Khir Bhawani temple in Tulla Mulla, Srinagar, and other locations in the region.

This special leave will enable Kashmiri Pandit employees to participate in the festivities and perform their traditional rituals without compromising their professional responsibilities.

The order has been communicated to all relevant departments to ensure smooth implementation and to facilitate the leave for eligible employees.