"Don't declare holiday on my death, instead work an extra day, if you love me" - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
The Kerala government was unaware of former Indian President Abdul Kalam's famous quote, and hence, it had declared a public holiday on Tuesday, 28 July, to pay respect to the Missile Man of India. However, after the quote came to light, the holiday was cancelled and the day was like any other working day.
Meanwhile, the Kerala government's chief Secretary's latest Facebook post has created confusion as he declared Sunday, 2 August, as a working day for all government offices and schools.
As a mark of respect to Shri @APJAbdulKalam, Sunday will be a working day for all #Kerala govt offices and educational institutions
Following this, the Kerala government reportedly rejected the proposal and asked the Chief Secretary to remove the post from social media. However, instead of deleting the post, Jiji Thomson asked people via Facebook to wait for an updated decision on the matter.
Pls wait for an updated decision on my earlier tweet.
Sources from Kerala state that people can voluntarily work extra hours on Sunday to pay their respect to Kalam.
Meanwhile, as per the official statement by the Indian government seven days of state mourning will be observed in Kalam's honour.
"As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from July 27, 2015 to August 2, 2015, both days inclusive."