Here is a classic example of how myopic officials with their perfunctory attitude contribute to flare ups between communities. However, the friction was averted with the timely intervention of higher authorities. The commissioner of the department of public instruction (DPI) issued an order on October 10, 2013, to the deputy director (administration), DPI, to allow permission for a particular community to use the Government Model Higher Primary School playground for not only holding prayers on Bakrid this year, but also Ramzan next year.
According to the documents available with dna, Majeed-e-Ibrahim Trust made this request to the DPI . The commissioner gave permission to the applicant, without contacting the school development committee or residents of the area.
The issue came to the notice of minister for primary and higher education, Kimmane Rathnakar, who promptly advised the commissioner to contact the school development committee and block education officer, and also visit the spot to gather the opinion of local residents on the issue.
“The commissioner should think twice before giving permission, since it is very sensitive issue,’’ said Jayagopala Gowda, president, school development committee of Government Primary and High School, Thanisandra.
TK Gopalappa, former member of the taluk panchayat also questioned the order issued by the commissioner. According to sources, Ramesh Gowda, a resident of Thanisandra wrote a letter to the minister for primary and higher education requesting him to look into the order, since it had the potential to spark a feud between the communities, thus possibly leading to law and order problems in and around Thanisandra.
Finally, the deputy director (administration), DPI, issued an order canceling the permission given by the commissioner.
“The school playground should not be used for non-educational purpose. Till now, the playground has not been used for any other purpose than education. So the permission given on October 10, 2013 has been withdrawn,’’ said the deputy director.