Amid reports that India was pushing its colonization project in Jammu and Kashmir, the administration, which is run by New Delhi, has asked the school education department to install signboards of the Indian flag in every school.
An India Today news report on Sunday said that the schools have also been asked to adopt a “grey and white” color scheme for the buildings.
The report said the order was issued by the school education department to the principals that all government institutions in the contested region should create signboards of the Indian flag. “The buildings should be painted with grey and white,” the report said, adding that the principals have been asked to submit the reports on the implementation.
The department has also asked the nodal officer to monitor the progress. The installation of the Indian flags in schools has to be completed by April 30 and the reports need to be submitted weekly to the administrative department, the report said.
A senior official in the department who wished not to be named told India Today, “The initiative was started in February 2021, and most of the schools have already started to work on it. Even in this regard, a format for the schools to submit the details, other progress has already been devised. As the officers of the department are vitally examining the progress.”
Before the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, Jammu and Kashmir had their own flag, a red and white flag with a representation of a plough, and three constituent regions of the state which is no longer in use now.
After the scrapping of the region’s limited autonomy, the flag was removed from the civil secretariat office in Srinagar and Jammu.
The Indian administration has also made the attendance of government officials mandatory for its official events like Independence Day and Republic Day.