‘Vande Mataram will be sung in all PMC-run schools’

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday decided that the national song Vande Mataram should be sung in all PMC-run schools. A decision in this regard was taken at the all- party leaders’ meeting unanimously.

The proposal was moved by Shiv Sena corporator Pramod Bhangire, who himself failed to recite the national song when he was requested to do so by Sakal Times in August.

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday decided that the national song Vande Mataram should be sung in all PMC-run schools. A decision in this regard was taken at the all- party leaders’ meeting unanimously.

The proposal was moved by Shiv Sena corporator Pramod Bhangire, who himself failed to recite the national song when he was requested to do so by Sakal Times in August.

Bhangire’s proposal follows a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) directive making ‘Vande Mataram’ compulsory in all civic schools. Bhangire said in his proposal that photos of Shivaji Maharaj should be put up in all PMC schools. However, the proposal was approved unanimously, citing that the national song is already sung in the PMC-run schools and there is nothing new in the proposal. 

When information regarding singing of Vande Mataram was sought by the civic administration from the PMC School Board, the latter stated that the tradition of singing Vande Mataram has been going on for a long.  It is interesting to see how the students in Urdu medium schools run by the PMC respond to this move although there is no compulsion on singing Vande Mataram.

When contacted, opposition leader Chetan Tupe said that as singing of Vande Mataram is already on in PMC-run schools, the proposal was approved unanimously. “There was no point in moving the proposal of singing Vande Mataram as the national song is sung in all the schools and even in the General Body of the PMC also,” Tupe said.

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