India sheds a tear for `people`s president` APJ Abdul Kalam: Zee News
New Delhi: The office of the President of India had assumed a new meaning in the hearts of billions of Indians from year 2002 to 2007 – the Kalam years at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kalam was the people’s president. His endearing nature and undying commitment to see India progress and prosper had turned him into one of the most popular personalities of our times.
One of his biggest passion was to interact with students to instil in them a fire to succeed in life. His personal life story starting from a poverty-ridden childhood, to a struggle to get education, and his contribution to India’s missile technology was and will always remain a source of inspiration for the country.
Dr Kalam was as well versed with the Koran as he was with the Bhagvad Gita – a secular Indian in the true sense. The common man of India is in grief today.
APJ Abdul Kalam Death: Social Media Abuzz With Rumors, No Holiday For Schools, Colleges On Tuesday – Focus News
In view of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s sudden death on Monday, Social media is abuzz with the rumors of government order for schools to be closed on Tuesday as mark of respect. Many schools have already sent advisory that the school would remain closed on Tuesday, but there was no official declaration of any holiday by the Union government. Karnataka was among the first states to declare a holiday tomorrow for all schools and government offices, where Dr Kalam was a resident throughout his 40-years career as a DRDO scientist and holds special image among the science fraternity.
APJ Abdul Kalam dead: No state holiday for schools, colleges today, says Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde – DNA
Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde has said that the union government has confirmed that there will be no state holiday for schools and colleges on Tuesday, following the death of ex-President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The government has declared a national mourning period of 7 days, Union Home Secretary LC Goyal had earlier said.
This is a drastic departure from convention. Protocol allows for 7 days mourning only in the event of death of a sitting President. The government’s declaration therefore speaks of the standing of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in the minds of the people as well as in political circles.
7-Day Mourning Declared, No Holiday for Union Govt Schools, Offices; Karnataka Declares Holiday – MF Monitor
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 Karnataka which was home to him for over 40 years.
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 Karnataka, where Dr Kalam was a resident throughout his career as a DRDO scientist and holds special image among the science fraternity.
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister’s Office
27-July-2015 23:25 IST
Text of PM’s condolence message over the sad demise of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the passing way of the former President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam.
In a statement, he said that Dr. Kalam had been a leading light who will always be remembered for his services to the country. In his condolence message the Prime Minister said,” भारत के पूर्व राष्ट्रपति, और विशेष करके युवाओं के प्रिय श्रीमान अब्दुल कलाम जी के निधन के समाचार पूरे देश के लिए और विश्व के वैज्ञानिक आलम के लिए एक बहुत ही दुखद समाचार है। राष्ट्रपति के रूप में उनका कार्य, उनका जीवन, उनकी हर बात देश के लिए आज भी दिशादर्शक है। एक वैज्ञानिक के रूप में उन्होंने भारत को नयीं उंचाईयों पर पहुँचाया था। भारत को सशक्त बनाने में, वैज्ञानिक शक्ति को जोड़ने का उनका जीवन भर का प्रयास भारत की बहुत बड़ी पूँजी है। वे राष्ट्रपति थे तब भी और बाद में भी यही कहते थे कि मैं तो एक teacher हूँ, मैं एक professor हूँ। पढ़ाना..ये मेरी passion है। और आज जीवन का अंत काल भी विद्यार्थिओं के बीच, अपने प्रिय काम को करते-करते ही उन्होंने वो अंतिम क्षण भी बितायी।
सामान्य परिवार में जन्मे हुए तमिलनाडु में दूर-सुदूर रामेश्वरम से जीवन की यात्रा प्रारम्भ की और हिंदुस्तान के जन-जन से लेकर के विश्व के अन्दर भारत की प्रतिष्ठा को बढ़ाने में आपका बहुत बड़ा योगदान रहा।
व्यक्तिगत मेरे जीवन में एक उत्तम, वरिष्ठ मार्गदर्शक रहे थे। उनके साथ बहुत निकटता से काम करने का मुझे अवसर मिला था। मैंने व्यक्तिगत जीवन में तो एक उत्तम मार्गदर्शक को खोया है, देश ने अपने एक ऐसे सपूत को खोया है, जिसने भारत की सेवा की, भारत को सशक्त बनाने के लिए। जिसने अपनी पल-पल लगायी, भारत की युवा पीड़ी को सशक्त बनाने के लिए, सामर्थवान बनाने के लिए। ऐसे महापुरुष की विदाई, मैं नहीं मानता कि कोई भर पायेगा। देश ने बहुत कुछ आज गंवाया है।
मैं उस महान आत्मा के प्रति अपने श्रधा-सुमन अर्पित करता हूँ। देश आज शोक-मग्न है। उनका कार्य हमें देश को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए प्रेरणा देता रहेगा।
मैं फिर एक बार इस महापुरुष के जीवन को, उनके कार्य को, उनकी प्रेरणा को नमन करते हुए, देशवासियों को इस शोक-संतप्त अवस्था में, गहरे सदमे की इस अवस्था में, मेरे पास अधिक कुछ कहने के लिए शब्द नहीं बचे… ।“
What DoPT’s Order says in this regard?
HOLIDAYS: The existing system of holidays will continue. No holiday shall, however, be declared in the event of death of any person other than the incumbent President of India or the incumbent Prime Minister of India. Suitable orders in this regard have already been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs vide OM No. 3/2/97-Public dated 21.11.1997. Full text of OM reproduced below:-
Government’s instructions on reduction in number of Casual Leave: DoPT OM
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
January 14, 1998
SUBJECT:- Reduction in Casual Leave entitlement and various recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission in respect of number of holiday/working week etc.
In the light of the various recommendations of Fifty Central Pay Commission contained in Chapter 118 of the Report relating to Hours of Work and Holidays etc., the following decisions have been taken by the Government.
2. WORKING WEEK: It has been decided to continue the five-day-week working system introduced since June-1985 in the civil administrative offices of Government of India. Departments whose functions are pre-dominantly marked by public dealings or of commercial nature and at present are functioning on 5-day-week basis, will review the existing arrangements and switch over to 6-day-week wherever feasible. Action taken in this regard will be reported to this Ministry within the next four months.
3. HOLIDAYS: The existing system of holidays will continue. No holiday shall, however, be declared in the event of death of any person other than the incumbent President of India or the incumbent Prime Minister of India. Suitable orders in this regard have already been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs vide OM No. 3/2/97-Public dated 21.11.1997.
4. CASUAL LEAVE ENTITLEMENT: It has also been decided to reduce with effect from Ist January, 1998 the number of days of Casual Leave for Central Government employees from the existing 12 days to 8 days in a year. Various Departments may also effect corresponding reduction with effect from Ist January, 1998 where the Casual Leave entitlement for certain categories is higher than 12 under intimation to this Ministry.
5. All Ministries/Departments may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned under their administrative control and ensure compliance with these instructions.
JOINT SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA
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