Vajpayee to be accorded state funeral: Seven-day mourning declared, flag to be flown at half mast

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National flag would be flown at half-mast from today for seven days across India and a state funeral would be accorded to Vajpayee.

NEW DELHI: The government today announced seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away today.

In a circular, the Home Ministry also said national flag would be flown at half-mast from today for seven days across India and a state funeral would be accorded to Vajpayee.

“As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, it has been decided that seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from August 16-22, both days inclusive.

“During this period, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India where it is regularly flown and there will be no official entertainment during the period of the state mourning,” the Home Ministry said.

The government has also decided that the state funeral would be accorded to the former prime minister.

The last rites will take place at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal here, sources in the government said.

The national flag would also fly half mast on the day of the funeral in all Indian missions abroad.
The funeral ill be held at Smriti Sthal on Thursday, 17th August 2018 at 4pm. The Central govt. has declared a half day holiday in the afternoon of day of funeral in all Central government offices and Central Public Sector Undertakings across the country as well as Delhi government offices.
Many state governements in UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Tamil Nadu have declared a public holiday tomorrow, 17th August 2018. Government offices, schools and colleges would remain closed as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

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