The government has declared a seven-day mourning following the death of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam but no holiday was declared on Tuesday for schools or government offices in view of the protocol that stipulates only 3-day mourning and no holiday, barring Meghalaya.
The official communication said, “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. 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, said the statement. The date, time and venue of the state funeral will be intimated later, it said leaving the question of a public holiday not spelt out since the protocol does not require the government to do so.
In view of the admiration for the former president among the people, the Centre has decided to make it a 7-day mourning that is reserved only in the event of the death of a sitting president.
The government has cleared that the schools and offices will remain open but some state governments have declared a holiday such as Meghalaya, where Dr Kalam breathed his last and unconfirmed reports said Karnataka.