The National Flag will fly at half mast today as a mark of respect to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who died here at AIIMS here this morning after being hospitalised for a fortnight.
A Home Ministry spokesman said that the government has also decided to accord state funeral to 79-year-old Sayeed in Jammu and Kashmir.
Expressing grief and sorrow over Sayeed's death, the spokesman said, "As a mark of respect to the departed leader, the National Flag will fly at half mast today in capitals of states and Union Territories, including Delhi, and throughout the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
"The government has also decided to accord state funeral to the departed leader in Jammu and Kashmir," the spokesman said.
Sayeed passed away at AIIMS where he was hospitalised on December 24.
The body of Sayeed was flown in a special Indian Air Force plane to Srinagar and he is likely to be buried in his home town Bijbehara in south Kashmir.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi drove to Palam technical area where he paid his last respect to Sayeed and offered condolences to the family members.
A Cabinet meeting was held here during which profound sorrow was expressed over the demise of Sayeed. The Cabinet observed silence for two minutes in his memory, an official spokesman said.
The Cabinet approved according of state funeral for the departed leader at Bijbehera.
A resolution was passed during the meeting which said in the passing away of Sayeed, the nation has lost an eminent and distinguished leader, a true nationalist and a stalwart from Jammu and Kashmir.
The Cabinet also extended its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.