The Asian Age - - Oped - Dilip Che­rian

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.

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