Mamata Banerjee refuses to follow center's directive on Independence Day celebrations

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The state government instructed schools to ignore a directive issued earlier by the human resources development ministry asking education institutions to follow a centre- prescribed format for I-D celebration. On many occasions, she has locked horns with the central government and the story has been repeated once again after Mamata refused to follow the directives provided by the center regarding Independence Day celebrations at schools on August 15. The circular directed educational institutions to organise quiz contests, lectures, debates and other programmes to mark the day. The schools were also advised that the celebrations could be video recorded and submitted to the office of Sarva Shiksha Mission (SSM) by August 31, 2017.

However, the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has instructed its schools to desist from following the Centre's circular.

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"Chief minister feels this is yet another attempt by the Centre to undermine state government's authority. The CM believes that the Centre should not be directing the way I-Day is celebrated at schools in Bengal because people here are well-aware of the importance of the day", said a senior TMC leader.

"We do not need lessons of patriotism from BJP. This is against the federal structure of India", the minister said. The ministry had said that India's 70 years of independence must be celebrated in a "befitting manner". "The Chief Minister and other passengers were provided with full facilities as is required under the circumstances", sources said. "Why can't Independence Day be celebrated in Bengal according to how it is being done throughout the country?"

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