27/11/2017 11:35 AM IST | Updated 27/11/2017 11:36 AM IST

After Satna, Madhya Pradesh Government Wants Students Across State To Answer Roll Call With 'Jai Hind'

Apparently to foster patriotism.

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After it's implementation in the Satna district in October this year, the Madhya Pradesh government has made it compulsory for students to respond to their roll call with 'Jai Hind' instead of 'present Sir or Ma'am'.

This decision, the government has said, is to promote patriotism among children.

The Indian Express reports that Madhya Pradesh's school education minister Vijay Shah said on Sunday in Bhopal, during NCC Day celebrations, that a circular would be issue today asking all 1.22 lakh government schools in the state to implement this rule.

In September, Shah had made the announcement for the move in the Satna district.

The Indian Express reported that Shah as saying that present sir/madam did not foster patriotism among children.

Announcing the decision in September, Shah had said, "I have a military background; my grandfathers have been in the Army. And whenever they come to meet, they always say 'Jai Hind' which I think is a way of respecting your nation, and the feeling of love for your country is shown through his gesture."

"I asked them to make students say ' Jai Hind,' because they are the future of India and they should respect and love their country; by doing this the love for the nation will increase among them," Shah had said.

The government had planned to implement this rule across the state if it became successful in Satna.

However, he had said that for private schools it would only be a suggestion, and it would completely be on them to implement it or not.