Published On: Fri, Aug 17th, 2018

Central govt offices across India to close Friday for half day

New Delhi: Central government Thursday announced seven-day from August 16 to 22 state mourning as a mark of respect for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 93.

A poet-politician, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the most popular leaders of BJP.

The National Flag would be flown at half-mast across the country for the seven days.

Central government also declared, a half day holiday for all central government offices and CPSUs across India.

Schools, colleges and government offices would remain closed in 13 states across India (as per confirmation received till 2330 Hrs).

As a mark of respect to former PM Vajpayee, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Assam and Telangana have declared Friday as a public holiday.

All the schools, colleges and government offices would remain closed Friday in these states.

Last rites of former PM Vajpayee will take place at 4 p.m. on August 17 at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal.

The Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna, is in between the samadhis of Jawaharlal Nehru (Shanti Van) and Lal Bahadur Shastri (Vijay Ghat).

A State funeral would be accorded to Vajpayee and a half-day holiday would be observed in all central government offices across India on August 17.

TST

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