Govt directs schools to celebrate ‘Surgical Strike Day’, send photos as evidence

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Srinagar

The government of India has directed the Jammu and Kashmir education department to oversee the celebrations of Surgical Strike Day on September 29 in all schools across the state, marking the second anniversary of the Indian Army’s surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC).

A photo of the circular issued by the department was tweeted by National Conference chief Omar Abdullah, saying school children are being ordered to celebrate the day and officers are instructed to send compliance reports with video as well as photographic evidence.

The schools have been directed to celebrate ‘the valour of the armed forces’ for three days – September 28 to 30 – and a list of activities has also been given in the circular. The activities include school students “pledging support to the armed forces by writing letters and cards addressed to the nearest army formation”.

“All schools with units of the National Cadet Corps shall organise special parade followed by motivational lectures or talks by inviting war veterans and other related persons,” the circular reads.

The department has also appointed officers to ensure each programme is held in schools after which they will then send a one-page report along with photos and videos of the activities.

 Earlier, the University Grants Commission issued circular asking universities and higher educational institutes across the country to observe ‘Surgical Strike Day’.

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