Chennai, August 17: All the schools and colleges and government institutions will remain shut on August 17, following Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Death. “The Government of Tamil Nadu has declared August 17 as a holiday for all educational institutions, offices of the State Government, Offices of the State Public Sector Undertakings and the Government controlled bodies as a mark of respect to the late Thiru Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India. The Treasuries will work with skeleton staff,” the notification issued by the government read. Also Read - TN Ministers call on Sitharaman; seek release of central funds

Meanwhile, Bihar government has also announced one day holiday and four days mourning in wake of former PM’s demise. On the other hand, Congress-led Punjab govt has declared three-day mourning in memory of Vajpayee. “All Punjab Offices/Boards/Corporation and Educational Institutions of the state will also remain closed tomorrow as a mark of respect,” news agency ANI reported. Also Read - TN demands withdrawal of Dam Safety Bill by the Centre



The 93-year-old leader, who had faded from public life for more than a decade was admitted to the national capital’s AIIMS with urinary tract infection on June 11. He breathed his last at 5.05 PM today. Confirming the saddening news, the hospital in a statement said,”It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 05: 05 pm on 16.08.2018.” Also Read - K'taka's request for talks an "attempt to impede" court proceedings; TN Minister

“Shri Vajpayee was admitted in AIIMS on 11.06.2018 and was stable in the last 9 weeks under the care of a team of AIIMS doctors. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support systems. Despite the best of efforts, we have lost him today. We join the nation in deeply mourning the great loss,” it added.