PM speech: MP government unwilling to shell out money

  • Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2014 16:13 IST

The MP government on Thursday claimed to have made special preparations for live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Teachers’ Day on Friday, but it is not ready to shell out money for its arrangements.

According to DISE (District Information System on Education) report 2013-14, 76.7% of primary and middle schools in MP do not have electricity connections.

The school education department has made no arrangements for these students to watch their prime minister live on TV.

Barkhedi School located in the heart of the state capital is no exception and runs without electricity. "We have no electricity but we have made some arrangements. The students of my school would listen to prime minister on radio," said KK Sharma, headmaster of the school.

Another example in the case is Kekadia Middle School, located in a village near Bhopal. Principal of the school, Kalu Singh is worried about arrangements.

"We have no electricity in the school. There is a shop near the school which has a TV. I am trying to make arrangements at the shop," said Singh. There are more than 100 students in the school. When asked how he would make arrangements at a shop for 100 students, he could not reply and said that he was looking for other options as well.

After thinking for a while, he said he could hire a TV but when asked from which head he would pay the rent of TV, he had no reply again. Singh admitted that government had made no provision for hiring TV sets.

District project coordinator of Bhopal RK Pandey said schools without electricity or TV have been instructed to make alternative arrangements for live telecast of prime minister’s speech.

"Schools can take temporary electricity connection from neighbours. TV sets can also be arranged from nearby," said Pandey. TV sets can be arranged by SMC (School Management Committee) member or someone from the village.

Gram Panchayats have also been instructed to help schools in facilitating telecast of PM’s speech, said the DPC.

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