New Delhi:According to a report published in ANI, all offices of the Government of India will remain open during the seven-day mourning period set out for former president Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, who passed away in Shillong, Meghalaya, on Monday evening following a cardiac arrest. The statement said the offices of the government would remain open as a mark of respect for the late president. It also said that Dr. Kalam would have wanted all government offices to function as normal.
According to reports, the parliamentary party of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met here this morning and observed two minutes of silence as a mark of respect to the former president. This was confirmed to ANI by BJP leader and union cabinet minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
All arrangements have been made at the technical area of the Palam Airport in Delhi to receive the mortal remains of the late president, which will arrive in a national flag-draped coffin on an Indian Air Force aircraft. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is already at the airport along with senior officers of the armed forces.
Kalam’s mortal remains will be taken to 10, Rajaji Marg residence in the national capital at around 1.30 p.m. The public will be allowed to pay its last respects at 3 p.m., and later his body will be flown to his hometwon Rameshwaram for final rites.
An official statement said New Delhi that during the period of the mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all the buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.