MUSLIMS SHOULD not be influenced by certain fanatical outfits preaching hatred, said Minister of State for School Education Paras Jain while speaking on the controversy over 'surya namaskar' in schools. He was having an informal talk to media persons at Christina College grounds where he was watching the All-India Gold Cup Tournament organised in the memory of Ramesh Chandra Sharma on Saturday.
Jain said that as the sun does not discriminate on the basis of caste, performing a Yogic asana which benefits health should not be unnecessarily drawn into controversy. He also appealed to the Muslims to let their children practice Yoga. He clarified that 'surya nasmkar' will be held on the 25th of each month and can be extended to all days in future. He added that his government is resolved to promote good health among schoolchildren. Besides Yoga practice of 'malkhamba' has been started in all government schools, he said.
He said that in a recently convened meeting held at Ujjain for Ujjain and Indore divisions it was decided to provide extra funds for 'Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan'.
It was also decided to appoint parents of only toppers or meritorious students to the post of 'Palak-Shikshak Sangh' president. The tenure has also been increased from one year to two, so that the programmes once started were not left incomplete. He acknowledged that there had been lapses during appointment of 38000 'Sanvida Shikshaks' belonging to
Class I, II and III.