Uttar Pradesh state government has cancelled 15 public holidays marking the birth or death anniversaries of eminent personalities. Alternatively, on these days, the school and college students would be taught about these public figures through various programmes. Out of the 42 public holidays observed by the state, 17 pertained to birth anniversaries. The move was taken at the backdrop of increasing concern over the shrinking academic session due to increased holidays. It is held that in the state 220-day academic session has been reduced to only 120 days due to the celebration of such holidays.
The previously ruled Samajwadi Party had declared holidays on the anniversaries of the following personalities: Former PM Chandrashekhar (April 17), Maharishi Kashyap and Maharshi Nishadraj Jayanti (April 5), Hazrat Ajmeri Garib Nawaj Urs (April 26), Maharana Pratap Jayanti (May 9) and the death anniversary of Ambedkar (December 6).
The state government would soon publish the revised list of holidays.