In a historic decision taken by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, it is not mandatory to play the national anthem in cinema halls.
According to the modification of the order, cinema hall owners can now decide whether to play the national anthem or not.
However, even if the cinema hall decides to play the anthem, patrons have to show respect by standing up mandatorily.
According to a News18 report published on November 30, 2016, a Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra who is now Chief Justice of India ordered that “All cinema halls in India shall play the National Anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem.”
An inter-ministerial committee will be formed to keep an eye on this issue and take further decision on the matter based on the recommendations of the panel.
This panel will set guidelines for the playing or singing of the anthem, and also what should be the decorum during the national anthem.
The government wants six months to generate the guidelines. The government will then issue a notification or circular after taking the decision.
Information Source: Moneycontrol
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