The Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted to frame the 'guidelines describing circumstances and occasions on which the national anthem is to be played or sung' is yet to come up with the recommendation for the Government, a source said in the Home Ministry here on Friday.
"The Panel is discussing this issue with all stakeholders and the State Governments have also been consulted and they are to send their opinion", an official said.
The 12-member panel headed by Home Ministry Special Secretary B R Sharma, was set up on December 5, 2017 and mandated to recommend the statutory requirements on playing the national anthem in cinema halls and public places in six months time.
The Home Ministry's move comes after a Supreme Court bench in October last, had observed that 'the people cannot be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves' and any person who does not stand up for national anthem is less patriotic.
The other members in the committee are mostly joint secretary-level officers nominated by the Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Women and Child Development, Human Resource Development, Culture, Parliamentary Affairs, Law, Minority Affairs, Information and Broadcasting and the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
In 2016, the apex court gave verdict that made it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem. The law enforcing agencies were facing issues in enforcing those guidelines especially with disabled persons.
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