In view of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s sudden death on Monday evening, a seven-day mourning will be held in the country as per the tradition and schools and offices will remain closed depending on state governments’ discretion.
While the Union government declared no holiday for schools, Meghalaya was among the first to do so as a mark of respect to the departed leader, who breathed his last in the state capital.
The official Central government’s notification said there will be a 7-day mourning. “The government of India announces with profound sorrow the death of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India at Bethany Hospital, Shillong at 1945 hours, today,” announced the government in a notification.
“As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days state mourning will be observed throughout India from July 27, 2015 to August 2, 2015, both days inclusive. During the period of state mourning, the national flag will fly at half mast on all buildings throughout India where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment. The date, time and venue of the state funeral will be intimated later,” it added.
Many schools have already sent advisory that the school would remain closed on Tuesday. Meghalaya was among the first to declare a holiday tomorrow for all schools and government offices while other states have not in view of Dr Kalam’s wish. Dr Kalam had said once, “In case of my death don’t do a National Holiday but work a day extra.”[SEE: Inspiring Quotes of Dr Abdul Kalam]
In his message broadcast all over the nation, President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed heartfelt condolences over the sad demise of Dr Abdul Kalam.
“The passing away of former President of India, Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is a deep personal loss for me. I will always cherish my long association with him… Dr. Kalam was a people’s President during his lifetime and will remain so even after his death,” said President Mukherjee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of Dr. Kalam. “India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful President and above all an inspiring individual. Rest in peace Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam… Dr. Kalam enjoyed being with people; people and youngsters adored him. He loved students and spent his final moments among them”, the Prime Minister said.