The HRD ministry has asked schools across India to administer a ‘New India’ pledge to their students on the eve of Independence Day. The pledge is aimed at ridding India of five problems – poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism.
In a first, your child will now participate in an oath ceremony at her school, in order to rid the country of five problems identified by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism on the eve of Independence Day.
Schools and institutions of higher education across India have been instructed by the Human Resources and Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar to administer the oath for ‘Sankalp se Siddhi Pledge for New India Movement 2017-2022’, aiming to rid India of the five major challenges it is currently facing.
The “New India Pledge” to be taken by students will be recited in the manner, as directed by the Prime Minister to the HRD ministry.
“Let us together pledge for a New India. In 1942, our freedom fighters took a pledge of ‘Quit India’ and in 1947 India achieved independence. Let us together pledge that by 2022 we build a New India. Let us together pledge towards a clean India. Let us together pledge towards a poverty free India. Let us together pledge towards a corruption free India. Let us together pledge towards a terrorism free India. Let us together pledge towards a communalism free India. Let us together pledge towards a casteism free India. Together let us strive wholeheartedly to accomplish this pledge for a New India,” reads the oath issued the ministry
The guidelines have been issued to education secretaries of all Indian states and Union Territories, NCERT, CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan amid other educational institutions.
This is in order to ensure that the 70 years of India’s independence are celebrated in a befitting manner. Schools across India have been directed to organise Sankalp Programme from August 9 to August 30 on the premises of a nearby Shaheed Smarak.
“Students will have to take a oath near the memorials of freedom fighters, who gave their lives to keep the movement of independence alive,” Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.
The circular further added that in case there is no such landmark in the vicinity of the school, the programme may be organised in the school itself.
It has been specifically mentioned that in this programme, an oath is to be administered to all the teachers and students to make the country clean and rid the country of the five problems identified by the Prime Minister in the next five years, as the nation would complete 75 years of its independence in 2022.
“It is unfortunate that West Bengal has decided to not comply with the circular issued by MHRD. The school education department has further decided to not celebrate the programme in this manner,” the minister added.
However, Javadekar added that people have always voluntarily supported the ideas of the ministry and that the ministry has not imposed this idea of celebration on any authority.
Terming the issues on which the oath will be administered as real, Javadekar also said, “The issues flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are the real ones, which include poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism. The country should be united against these issues as they are not some political agenda, but national ones indeed.”