Maharashtra to make National Anthem Compulsory: According to a media report, Maharashtra Government is planning to make singing of National Anthem compulsory in all Colleges and Higher Education Institutes operating in the state soon. The order comes soon after the state government made reading of Preamble to the Constitution mandatory in School’s morning assemblies in Maharashtra. The proposal to make singing of National Anthem mandatory at key functions and events taking place at state varsities was shared by Maha Government Cabinet Minister Uday Samant. Once approved, the Government will issue orders and directives to state universities to make National Anthem mandatory in Maha Colleges from February 19.
National Anthem Mandatory from 19th February
Sharing the decision of Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra Government, the Technical and Higher Education Minister for the state Uday Samant said that the Government took the decision last week and soon will be issuing the notification to all colleges, making singing of National Anthem mandatory in all the institutes and at various events at the varsities from February 19. He said that date 19th February was chosen to implement the decision across the state, as it marks the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Reading of Preamble Made Compulsory in Schools
Earlier in January 2020, Maharashtra Government had made reading of Preamble to the Constitution of India, compulsory for school students in the state. The state government said that the decision was taken as part of the the “sovereignty of Constitution, welfare of all” campaign. Explaining the motive behind the decision, School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said that the decision is aimed at helping students understand the importance of Constitution and its important for India.