Bangalore: The Basavaraj Bommai government in Karnataka has issued a major order regarding the national anthem. In this order, the government has made it mandatory to sing the collective national anthem every day in all schools and pre-university (PU) colleges of the state. This order of the Karnataka government will be applicable in all government, private and aided educational institutions.
The Bommai government, in its order, has asked these educational institutions to ensure that all students sing the national anthem every morning. The order also said that if there is no space for the mass national anthem in an educational institution, students can sing the national anthem in their respective classrooms. The order said that even after prior orders in this regard, the mass national anthem is not being sung at the time of morning prayers in some primary and secondary schools in the capital Bengaluru. Several complaints were received in this regard.
The state government order said that even after prior orders in this regard, the mass national anthem is not being sung during morning prayers in some primary and secondary schools in the capital Bengaluru. Several complaints were received in this regard. After receiving the complaints, the deputy directors of Bengaluru North and South divisions of the Public Instruction Department visited such schools and conducted an inquiry. In this, they have found that these complaints are true and the national anthem was not being played in these schools.
The Karnataka government has issued this order under Section 133 (2) of the Karnataka Education Act 1983. The state government has also clarified that as per Section 7(2)(g)(i) of the Karnataka Education Act 1983, it is necessary to follow the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the national flag and the national anthem.