State govt makes reading of Preamble to Constitution mandatory in schools, colleges

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his cabinet colleagues at the Preamble reading event in front of the Vidhana Soudha on Friday.

BENGALURU: The Congress government in the state has decided to make it mandatory for schools and colleges, both government-run and private, to read the Preamble to the Constitution every day.

On International Democracy Day on Friday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah attended a reading of the Preamble in the forecourt of the Vidhana Soudha.

Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar and cabinet members Dr G Parameshwara, Ramalinga Reddy, Eshwar Khandre, K J George and Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad also attended the Preamble reading event.

Social Welfare Minister H C Mahadevappa, said, “The citizens need to discharge their basic duties as are enshrined in our Constitution. Hence, across schools and colleges, the reading of the Preamble to the Constitution is being arranged to make children aware of the ideals and principles that went into making it while also informing them of the constitutional responsibilities”.

According to sources, the government has made it mandatory for students and teachers at all educational institutions of the state to read the Preamble during the morning prayers and take an oath to adopt and incorporate the constitutional principles in their everyday lives.

“The Constitution was a gift to all the citizens from Dr B R Ambedkar. It is a sacrosanct statute book stressing fairness and equality. Hence, there is an important purpose behind reading the Preamble. It will help our children understand the basic principles and ideas on which our country was founded”, Mahadevappa said. (ANI)

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