The Maharashtra government has declared a public holiday on December 6, the 67th death anniversary of BR Ambedkar. According to a circular issued by the government, all state government and administrative offices in Mumbai and its sub-districts will remain closed on Ambedkar’s death anniversary on Wednesday.

However, the holiday is not under the Negotiable Instruments Act because of which all banks will remain open.

The move came after Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) president and MLA Varsha Gaikwad wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde requesting him to declare December 6 as a public holiday for government and private offices in Mumbai.