Karimnagar: Jammikunta town in this district will attempt to do something unique everyday from this Independence Day.
Everyday at 8 a.m., residents of this non decrepit town will line up at 16 centres where the national anthem will be played through public address systems. The novel initiative began on Tuesday with hundreds of residents lining up to sing the national anthem and salute the tricolour at these centres. The initiative is the brainchild of the local Circle Inspector of Police, P. Prashanth Reddy.
The local police have arranged for the public address systems at Gandhi Chowk, Ambedkar Chowk, Railway Over Bridge, Kothapalli, Kakatiya school on Veenavanka road, Town Panchayat, Vivekananda statue and some other places. For the last one week or so, extensive campaign had been launched by the local police on the programme and several hoardings were set up exhorting people to sing the national anthem.
“We noticed that many of the youngsters were unable to sing the national anthem. That’s how we thought of this programme. People have responded enthusiastically to our appeal. We hope to inculcate a sense of respect to the motherland through this initiative” Prashanth Reddy told Telangana Today. The police have wired up all the loudspeakers at 16 centres to the police station from where the national anthem will be played at 8 a.m. Before the anthem, an announcement will be made and volunteers specially recruited by the police and local constabulary would ensure that the citizens would stand up and sing the anthem, Reddy explained.
The Commissioner of Karimnagar, VB Kamalasan Reddy said the idea germinated after people gathering in front of the police station where national flag is unfurled every day at 8 a.m. and national anthem is sung. “Passersby used to stop at the station and pay respects to the flag and stand still till the national anthem is played. When we talked to them, they told us they feel proud to sing the anthem and salute the flag. That made us think of playing the anthem all over the town and people are very very enthusiastic about it”, he explained.
Saini Sravan Kumar, a private driver who works as one of the volunteers for the initiative, says that it is a matter of pride for him to sing the national anthem every day. “It’s no big deal for us to spend two minutes to pay respect to the country. I have been able to convince people to stop their vehicles when the anthem is played. Of course, if there is any medical or other emergency people are free to move at that time”, Sravan says.
Jammikunta town is about 55 kilometers from the district head quarters and is an important business centre in the district. The town with a population of about 45,000 is on the grand trunk railway line.