Good Governance Day

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Good Governance Day
Observed byIndia
SignificanceBirth anniversary of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Date25 December
Next time25 December 2019 (2019-12-25)
First time2014

Good Governance Day (IAST: Suśāsan Divas)[1] is observed in India annually on the twenty-fifth day of December, the birth anniversary of former-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.[2][3] Good Governance Day was established in 2014 to honor Prime Minister Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the Indian people of accountability in government.

In keeping with this principle, the Government of India has decreed Good Governance Day to be a working day for the government.[4]


On 23 December 2014, the ninety-year old[5] former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (posthumously) were announced as recipients of India's highest civilian award for merit, the Bharat Ratna,[6] by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

Following the announcement, the newly elected administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi established that the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister would be henceforth commemorated annually in India as Good Governance Day.

Criticism by political opposition[edit]

The Indian National Congress has criticized the ruling-Bharatiya Janata Party government for both setting Good Governance Day on the same date as Christmas as well as for declaring this date as a government working day, questioning the secularism in the nation.[7]

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