Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik will address lakhs of school children and their parents through a televised speech on Children’s Day on November 14, over three years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with students across the country on Teacher’s Day in a similar way.
The Panchayati Raj Department will organise the event, said the state’s School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra. District collectors have been asked to make necessary arrangements at the block and panchayat level for the programme, the minister said.
The 45-minute televised speech will be aired on Doordarshan from 11.15 am to 12 noon on November 14. Patnaik will address more than 6,60,000 students from around 62,000 schools across the state.
The Head Masters and School Management Committee (SMC) members have been instructed to contact the villagers or parents having television with set top box connection to watch the programme.
The School and Mass Education Department will also organise school and state-level competitions for the students on the occasion.