Govt making provisions to ensure Modi's speech reaches students

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Sep 02, 2014 20:32 IST

The government is mobilising men and machinery on a large scale in the state to ensure Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech reaches to 23.67 lakh students on Teachers Day on September 5 and is able to interact directly with students in Leh.

Besides 12,500 television sets and two edusats in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, the government is planning to make available as many as 7,333 transistors to schools located in remote areas with no electricity.

"There are several areas where there is no electricity. We have decided to use transistors in such areas," state education secretary Nirmal Sharma told the Hindustan Times.

She said the government had directed divisional commissioners in Kashmir and Jammu regions to make television sets available to all schools.

"We will hire television sets for schools that do not have it and we have also directed to hire generators for the occasion," said Sharma.

The government, headed by chief minister Omar Abdullah, is targeting at 23,485 schools, which also include the private schools of the state.

Sharma said students had been asked to be at schools at around 2:30 pm, half an hour before the speech starts. The speech will end around 4:45pm.

On the occasion, Modi will interact with schoolchildren. Human Resource Development minister Smriti Irani has said students' participation in the interaction would be "voluntary".

A national informatics centre at the extreme end of the country in Leh will ensure interaction of students with the prime minister, which will also be telecast live. "All arrangements have been made to allow direct interaction of students with the prime minister in Leh," said Sharma.

Jammu and Kashmir is the only Muslim-majority state and is headed by Omar, whose party National Conference remains rivals of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the ground.

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