HIGHLIGHTS

  • State education minister Vijay Shah said that students will not answer roll call with “yes sir” and “no sir”
  • Earlier, a similar suggestion was proposed for the schools in the city of Satna
  • Last year in December, Shah made singing the national anthem and hoisting the tricolour mandatory in schools all over Madhya Pradesh

NEW DELHI: The students of Madhya Pradesh schools will answer the roll call with “Jai Hind“, instead of “yes sir” or “yes madam”, announced state education minister Vijay Shah on Monday.

Shah believes that the new order will help instil a sense of national pride within the students.

“From now in government schools during attendance call, students will reply with “Jai Hind” instead of “Yes sir” or “Yes Madam”. This will instil a sense of patriotism among the youth. I don’t think anyone will have an objection to it,” he said, according to ANI reports.

The latest announcement came after a similar proposal was suggested for the city of Satna in September. The minister had hinted that if the initiative receives a positive response it will be implemented in the entire state.

“For now, this is just a suggestion (for private schools in Satna); we hope they’ll adhere to it since it relates to patriotism. Will take permission from CM (chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan) if experiment turns successful, and would like to implement it in entire MP,” Shah told ANI.

Of late, the BJP-led state government has been trying to introduce measures to promote nationalism in various state institutes.

In October, the municipal corporation of the state capital, Bhopal Municipal Corporation, taking a cue from the civic body in Jaipur, had suggested playing the national anthem at the start of every day and the national song in the evening at its headquarters.

We welcome the initiative taken by the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). We will positively think in this direction after discussing the issue with the Mayor-in-Council and General Council,” Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma told PTI.

On October 31, the JMC started the practise of playing the national anthem at the start of the day and the national song in the evening, which all officials will have to attend.

Last year in December, Shah made singing the national anthem and hoisting the tricolour mandatory in schools all over Madhya Pradesh.

“Non-compliance would lead to a reprimand and also could result in schools’ recognition being cancelled or suspended,” he had directed.

TOI

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