Srinagar: The government on Monday formally announced a holiday on September 23 to commemorate the birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh in Jammu and Kashmir.
“To commemorate the birth anniversary of “Maharaja Hari Singh Ji”, 23rd of September of every year shall be observed as holiday in Government offices and educational institutions across the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir under Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881 (Central Act 26 of 1881),” reads a government notification, a copy of which lies with GNS.
On September 15, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had made the announcement that the Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday will be celebrated as a holiday. Sinha’s announcement came following his meeting with a delegation of prominent political leaders, members of the Yuva Rajput Sabha, civil society members, including head of J&K transport union, at the Raj Bhavan.
“The government has taken a decision to declare Maharaja Hari Singh Ji’s birthday as a public holiday. Maharaja Hari Singh was a great educationist, progressive thinker, social reformer and a towering man of ideas and ideals. The public holiday will be a fitting tribute to Maharaja Hari Singh Ji’s rich legacy,” the Lieutenant Governor had observed.
Pertinently, on the directions of Lt Governor, a four-member committee was constituted by the administration earlier this year to examine the “public demand” regarding holiday on the birth anniversary of the Maharaja. (GNS)