PANEL TO STUDY NATIONAL ANTHEM
After the Supreme Court made it optional for cinema theatres to play the national anthem before every screening, the government has set up an inter- ministerial committee to study the rules for playing the anthem and give its recommendations.
The panel will be headed by Brij Raj Sharma, special secretary in the ministry of home affairs in charge of border affairs. Besides Sharma, the committee will include 11 other members, including joint secretary- level officials nominated by the ministries, including defence, external affairs, human resource development, law, information and broadcasting, among others.
Sharma is a Jammu & Kashmir cadre IAS officer and has been directed to frame guidelines on how the national anthem is to be played and sung. The panel will submit its report within six months. However, sources say, during this interval the government says it will seek directions from the Supreme Court on its interim order. The Sharma panel’s report, it is hoped, will clear the confusion that has created a public stir.