Post Office Timings | Post Office Lunch Time | Indian Post Office Working Days
Indian Post Office Timings and Post Office Working Days
Types of Offices – Post Offices are divided into three classes.
(a) Head Post Offices.
(b) Sub-Post Offices including E.D. Sub-Offices, and
(c) E.D. Branch Post Offices.
Night Post Offices- (i) The working hours of the post offices are generally fixed by the Head of the Circle according to the timings given in clause 5 of the Post Office Guide. However the Director-General may extend the working hours of any post office up to 8:30 P.M. and keep them open on Sundays also. These post offices will be termed ‘night post offices’ and will transact those transactions which have been authorized by the Director-General in this behalf.
(ii) During the extended hours, these post offices will generally book registered articles including V.P. articles, issue T.M.Os, and sell I.P.Os. and postage stamps. Deposits into Savings Bank Account and sale of cash certificates will be available upto 7.00 p.m. on week days only. Payment of T.M.Os will also be effected upto 6 p.m.
(iii) On Sundays and National Holidays as well as other P.O. holidays the night Post Offices function and observe restricted working hours. These offices work for one shift only from 10:00 to 17.00 hours. The delivery functions of the offices are entirely suspended as well as the payment of Money Orders and Saving Banks and post office Certificates are also suspended on these days.
(iv) Night Post Offices are indicated in the list of Post Offices in Part III of this Guide.
Mobile Post offices – Mobile Post Offices are functioning at Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kanpur, Poona, Jaipur and Bhilai Industrial Township. These Mobile Post Offices are intended to provide the facility of late posting in the different areas of the cities at different timings according to a fixed schedule (excluding insured and V.P.). “These offices remain closed on Sundays and Postal Holidays.” The Mobile Post Offices sell stamps and Postal stationery, grant certificate of posting, book surface and air mail registered articles of the letter mail (excluding insured and V.P.) and air parcels besides accepting unregistered articles of the letter mail for dispatch. The mobile Post Offices at Madras and Nagpur are also permitted to book money orders.
Normal week days.– (i) At every Post Office and RMS Office, the hours during which business is transacted with the public and the times at which mails are delivered and dispatched are conspicuously notified. The public business hours are fixed with regard to local convenience and the arrival and departure timings of the mails and all work at the Post office counters is stopped precisely at the latest hours fixed. The business hours in the principal Post Offices are generally as indicated below on normal week days, which are not post office holidays.
The Post offices will be closed on the following days all over India. The list of holidays is given below; check once:
Postal Toll Free Enquiry Helpline: 18002666868
- 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Except Sundays & Gazetted Holidays)
Generally Post Office working Timings
|Days||Indian Post Office|
|Monday||8 am to 4 pm|
|Tuesday||8 am to 4 pm|
|Wednesday||8 am to 4 pm|
|Thursday||8 am to 4 pm|
|Friday||8 am to 4 pm|
|Saturday||8 am to 4 pm|
|For Reference and enquiries, sale of the postage stamps and stationery and grant of certificate of posting||During the entire working hour of the office|
|For booking of registered and insured articles, including value payable articles parcels and telegraphic money orders.||For about six to seven hours (On Saturdays usually for five hours stopping at 3 pm)|
|For issue of money orders, sale and payment of postal orders, Savings Bank and Post Office Certificate transactions and payment of telephone bills. Etc.||For about five hours (One Saturdays for three Hours stopping at 1 p.m.)|
You can get an idea of post office hours near your area by calling the nearest office as it may be closed sometimes due to local holidays not listed below and you can complete your work without delay. You must also know about post office vacations to schedule your appointments accordingly. Postal Toll Free Enquiry Helpline: 18002666868
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Central Government Holidays 2024
2024 Holiday Calendar Central Government India
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
Establishment (JCA) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 3rd July, 2023
Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2024- reg.
1. It has been decided that the holidays, as specified in Annexure-I to this O.M., will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located in Delhi/ New Delhi during the year 2024. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/ herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays specified in Annexure – II.
2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays, to be chosen out of the 12 optional holidays indicated below at para 3.1:
MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
EID UL FITR
EID UL ADHA
PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)
3.1. For offices located in New Delhi/Delhi, three holidays are selected by the D/o Personnel & Training and for the offices located outside Delhi/New Delhi three holidays are to be chosen by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State, from the list indicated below. The final list, applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State, shall be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in the festivals and dates, as indicated in Annexure -I and Annexure II baring a few exceptions indicated in para 5.1 and 5.2 hereinafter. The 12 optional holidays are as follows:
AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAKA CHATURTHI
SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
VISHU / VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BOHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADWA / 1st NAVRATRA / NOWRUZ / CHHATH PUJA / KARVA CHAUTH.
3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays, initially declared, subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festival falling on the same day.
4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended as annexure-II to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up a separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance. However, the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are also to be included in the list of restricted holidays.
5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Adha, Muharram, and Eid-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon the sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, after ascertaining the position from the Govt, of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).
5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorized to change the date of the holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Adha, Muharram, and Eid-e-Milad.
5.3 It may happen that the change of date in respect of the above occasions has to be declared at very short notice. In such a situation, an announcement could be made through P.I.B / T.V. / A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Departments /Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement, without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.
6. During 2024, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Sunday, November 12, 2024 (Kartika 21). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.s., on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if a holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) in the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.
7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial, and trading establishments would observe up to 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day, and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays/occasions may be determined by such establishments/organizations themselves for the year 2024, subject to para 3.2 above.
8. Union Territory Administration shall decide the list of holidays in terms of Instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No. 12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 14 (Fourteen) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Id-ul-Fitr, Muharram and Diwali included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on days of weekly off.
10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
Hindi version will follow.
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Central Government Gazetted Holidays in 2024
LIST OF HOLIDAYS FOR THE YEAR 2024 TO BE OBSERVED IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
The following list of holidays will be gazetted holidays for the year 2024.
|4||Id – ul – Fitr||11-Apr-24||Thu|
|8||Id – ul – Zuha (Bakrid)||17-Jun-24||Mon|
|12||Milad – un – Nabi or Id – e – Milad (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)||16-Sep-24||Mon|
|13||Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday||2-Oct-24||Wed|
|16||Guru Nanak’s Birthday||15-Nov-24||Fri|
Central Government Restricted Holidays in 2024
LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS FOR THE YEAR 2024 IN RESPECT OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI / NEW DELHI
The following list of holidays will be restricted holidays for the year 2024.
|1||New Year’s Day||1-Jan-24||Mon|
|4||Magha Bihu/ Pongal||15-Jan-24||Mon|
|5||Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday||17-Jan-24||Wed|
|6||Hazarat Ali’s Birthday||25-Jan-24||Thu|
|7||Sri Panchami, Basant Panchami||14-Feb-24||Wed|
|8||Shiva ji Jayanti||19-Feb-24||Mon|
|9||Guru Ravi Das’s Birthday||24-Feb-24||Sat|
|10||Birthday of Swami Dayananda Saraswati||6-Mar-24||Wed|
|16||Chaitra Sukladi / Gudi Padava/ Ugadi / Cheti Chand||9-Apr-24||Tue|
|17||Vaisakhi / Vishu||13-Apr-24||Sat|
|18||Meshadi (Tamil New Year’s Day) / Vaisakhadi (Bengal) / Bahag Bihu (Assam)||14-Apr-24||Sun|
|19||Birthday of Guru Rabindranath Tagore||8-May-24||Wed|
|21||Parsi New Year’s day/ Nauraj||15-Aug-24||Thu|
|23||Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka Chaturthi||7-Sep-24||Sat|
|24||Onam or Thiru Onam Day||15-Sep-24||Sun|
|26||Dussehra (Mahashtami) / Dussehra (Mahanavmi)||11-Oct-24||Fri|
|27||Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday||17-Oct-24||Thu|
|28||Karaka Chaturthi (Karwa Chouth)||20-Oct-24||Sun|
|31||Pratihar Shashthi or Surya Shashthi (Chhat Puja)||7-Nov-24||Thu|
|32||Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day||24-Nov-24||Sun|
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