The Centre has prepared study materials on citizens’ duties as detailed in the Constitution, after receiving important inputs on the subject from several states.
The Centre has suggested to the NCERT and state governments to add chapters on citizens’ duties in school books.
Informing this, the Union Secretary, Department of Justice, Barun Mitra said that the government has prepared study materials on citizens’ duties as detailed in the Constitution, after receiving important inputs on the subject from several states.
While attending a webinar on Citizens Duties During COVID-19‘ organised by ASSOCHAM, Mitra explained,“We have requested the NCERT as well as state governments to include chapters in Civics and Political Science books with special emphasis and focus on citizens’ duties. The legal affairs department has prepared course modules on the subject.”
He added, children are the finest carriers of social messages, that has been seen in the Swachh Bharat mission and ‘No to Plastics’ campaigns, so that, it can be said citizens’ duties are best embedded in children.
Mitra said the Centre is also trying to reach out to 10 crore children over the country through National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers, to emphasize on the significance of the 11 fundamental duties subsumed in the Indian Constitution by the 42nd and 86th amendment under Article 51A.
Freedom without acceptance of responsibility can destroy the edifice of freedom itself. Rights and responsibilities must be balanced, he stated. Mitra ended his speech saying that COVID warriors are the best ambassadors of what is implied by the fundamental duties.
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