The national integrity week remained a non-starter in Rajasthan this year as the department concerned reportedly issued the circular to the various colleges and government offices four days late, leaving one and all clueless about the event.
The national integrity week is observed every year in all the colleges and government offices across the state to promote a feeling of patriotism and intensify combined pledge against disruptive forces.
This year the week was to be observed from November 19 to November 25.
However, the education department issued the circulars to respective colleges on November 23, about four days late, leaving only two days for the officials to go about it. The week ends tomorrow and there have been virtually no unity pledges and celebrations across government offices and colleges, officials said.
Joint director colleges RS Vijayvargiya said, “Actually, we did not receive the circular on time and that is the reason for the delay. Anyway, we follow National Service Scheme’s academic calendar which has the provision for the national integrity week. The circular we received was then mere formality so I had to sign it after the due date.”
The said circular, addressed to all divisional commissioners, collectors and principals of state and private colleges, gave the reason of celebrating the week “to generate the feeling of patriotism and national integrity” when “destructive work and destructive forces have become active in the country’.
Divisional commissioner Hanuman Singh Bhati and secretary of state minority commission Akil Ahmed too seemed clueless about the week.
Rajasthan University vice-chancellor JP Singhal said that only the NSS that had been organising various cultural events during the week for years.
Political observers said the Rajasthan government wanted to celebrate the week to counter the countrywide ‘intolerance propanganda” against the BJP. But, a possible smart move has turned out to be damp squib, thanks to the delay dispatch, they said.