Celebrate Independence Day like you always have, West Bengal government tells schools

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 13, 2017

As per the directive given by the central government, schools were to follow a specific format of celebrations that would include lectures, debates and quiz contests.

The state government instructed schools to ignore a directive issued earlier by the human resources development ministry asking education institutions to follow a centre- prescribed format for I-D celebration.

A Kolkata-bound Air India plane, with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee onboard, was on Saturday delayed by almost four hours due to a technical snag in the aircraft's cooling unit.

The Sarva Shiksha Mission, West Bengal, instructed District Project Officers to stop "all preparations for the Independence Day in keeping with the circular dated July 25, 2017 of Manish Garg, Joint Secretary MHRD". BJP leaders blamed Mamata and said that she is only looking for opportunities to fight with the Union government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We do not need lessons of patriotism from BJP".

"Chief minister feels this is yet another attempt by the Centre to undermine state government's authority".

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that in a bid to blindly oppose all the decisions of the Centre, West Bengal government had proved itself anti-national. "Independence Day will be celebrated here this year in the same manner it has been celebrated all these years", he said.

State Education Minister Dr Partha Chatterjee said that there was no hard and fast rule that states will have to toe the line of the Centre as far as the I-Day celebrations were concerned.

Fresh clash between Centre and West Bengal government, now over Independence Day celebrations.

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