A Government Order (GO) said the notified public holiday will apply to all state government offices, undertakings, corporations and boards.
"Under the Explanation to Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 read with Notification of the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs No.20-25-26, Public-1, dated 8th June 1957 the Government of Tamil Nadu hereby declares that Tuesday, the 6th of December, 2016 as a public holiday as a mark of respect to the late Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," it said.
The day will be also treated as a paid holiday for all industrial employees on regular work charge and industrial establishments and the labour hired on daily wages, it said.
The government also issued another order declaring three days holidays for "all educational institutions" starting today. The holidays were being declared "as a mark of respect" to the late leader, the GO said.