Govt receives flak for renaming 100 Morarji Desai Residential Schools as Indira Gandhi Residential Schools

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Govt receives flak for renaming 100 Morarji Desai Residential Schools as Indira Gandhi Residential Schools

The state government, through a notification issued recently, had selected about 100 Morarji Desai Schools of which 66 are for scheduled caste, 24 for scheduled tribes and 10 for backward classes to be renamed as Indira Gandhi Residential Schools.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who was in Delhi recently to discuss with Congress high command the expansion of Cabinet, said the state government has no intention of changing the name of Morarji Desai Residential Schools to Indira Gandhi Residential Schools.

In a release, the CM said, "The state government wants to name the newly established residential schools after Indira Gandhi. The government has no intention to change the name of existing residential schools."

The state government, through a notification issued recently, had selected about 100 Morarji Desai Schools of which 66 are for scheduled caste, 24 for scheduled tribes and 10 for backward classes to be renamed as Indira Gandhi Residential Schools.

It is believed that this change in name is based on a request made by the Managing Director, Karnataka Residential Education Institutions Society.

Sources tell us the government has opened 125 residential schools on the occasion of Dr BR Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary. These schools were named after Ambedkar. The government is planning to open 100 residential schools on the occasion of Indira Gandhi's 100th birth anniversary and name these schools after her.

But the opposition wants the government to withdraw this order. They want the government to not change the names of schools named after Moraji Desai and Kittur Rani Channamma.