Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for refusing to organise events in schools to “create fervour” around Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s New India vision.
Javadekar termed the West Bengal government’s decision to not celebrate Independence Day according to the New India pledge suggested by the Centre as “unfortunate” and hoped that “wisdom will prevail”.
The Human Resource Development Minister said, “I am shocked at the language of the letter (issued by the West Bengal government)… It is very unfortunate that it has decided not to celebrate Independence Day ‘in this manner’, what is wrong with the manner that we suggested?”
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
Ahead of Independence Day, the Centre has written to the states to organise events in schools towards creating a “patriotic mood” and a “mass fervour” to help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ vision.
However, West Bengal has instructed its schools to desist from following the Centre’s circular. In a letter sent to all District Project Officers, the Sarva Shiksha Mission-West Bengal instructed them to stop “all preparations for the Independence Day in keeping with the circular dated July 25, 2017 of Manish Garg, Joint Secretary MHRD”.
“It has been decided by the school Education Department that Independence Day 2017 will not be celebrated in this manner,” said the letter dated August 11.
Responding to the development, Javadekar said, no one was compelled to follow the HRD Ministry’s suggestions on the celebration of 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement and the 70th Independence Day, and that still everyone followed the instructions voluntarily.