No more school children at MGR centenary events

No more school children at MGR centenary events

The Madras High Court has granted an interim injunction against the State government and the school education authorities from bringing schoolchildren to attend MGR centenary public meetings.

A division bench of Justices S Vaidiyanathan and R Subramanian passed the interim order on a plea moved by A Narayanan of Change India seeking a ban on mobilising schoolchildren for public meetings.

Edappadi K Palaniswami, soon after taking over as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, had announced celebrating the birth centenary of former the ruling AIADMK’s founder MGR as a state function in all districts.

The entire cabinet and even the Assembly Speaker have attended these events in every district.

Narayanan, a social activist, sought a direction to the authorities to prepare guidelines to be followed by the school education department, the police department and school managements whenever children were made to participate in public functions, rallies and campaigns held at venues outside schools.

He further claimed that representations given by his organisation to the government was only met with indifference and belligerence by the authorities.

He said that a grand public meeting is being planned to be held in Salem on September 30, and added there was every likelihood that thousands of innocent school children would be put to lot of avoidable inconvenience and harm by bringing them to the venue, merely to satisfy the ego and whims and fancies of the rulers.