National anthem, national song to be played every day at Jaipur civic body HQ
The national anthem will be played at 9.50am and the national song at 5.55pm, and the staff has been asked to be present at the specified place at the specified time.Updated: Oct 31, 2017 14:42 IST
The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) ordered on Tuesday that the national anthem be played at its headquarters every morning and the national song, Vande Mataram, every evening in order to “keep the spirit of patriotism alive” among employees.
The national anthem will be played at 9.50am and the national song at 5.55pm, said the order that came into effect on Tuesday and asked the staff to be present at the ‘specified place at the specified time’. Around 300 people sang the national anthem on Tuesday morning.
The order, dated October 30, 2017 and signed by additional commissioner of JMC, Har Sahay Meena, says the order has the approval of Jaipur mayor and the JMC commissioner.
The other objectives behind the order are to “ensure that discipline prevails among staff and work atmosphere is good”. The JMC staff is required to sing in harmony.
“It’s a good decision and singing the national anthem certainly gives you a feeling of patriotism,” said Ashok Yogi, deputy commissioner of JMC. He said he was present at the headquarters on Tuesday morning for the national anthem though his office is located in a different building.
Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoty said those opposing the move should go to Pakistan. “We are not using a religious slogan. If one objects to singing the national anthem of the country where he lives,he should go to Pakistan,” Lahoty said.
This is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the national anthem and national song that have triggered a fierce debate on patriotism and rights. In July, the Madras high court made singing Vande Mataram compulsory in schools and offices in Tamil Nadu. Last week, the Supreme Court hinted it was open to modifying its order on making the national anthem mandatory before movies at cinema halls.
First Published: Oct 31, 2017 12:25 IST