To ensure maximum visibility to prime minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with students on Teachers’ Day, the government has made arrangements for live streaming of the event through web channels of the Doordarshan, prime minister’s office and HRD ministry.
Modi’s interaction with over 1000 students at Manekshaw Auditorium on September 5 will be broadcast live on Doordarshan and radio.
The HRD ministry in a meeting with states recently had directed them to make arrangements in all government schools for PM’s interaction to be watched and heard live.
The one hour forty five minutes event starting at 3pm will be beamed live through educational satellite EDUSAT.
The scheduled event however ran into controversy as a number of states objected to the instruction from the HRD ministry saying it was not feasible for them to make arrangements in a short span of time.
The CPI(M) on Wednesday said the BJP-RSS combine was making an attempt to “indoctrinate young minds” and HRD ministry’s instruction was unprecedented and should be rescinded immediately.
Earlier the Congress had termed it a case of self propaganda. “Are we allowed to make virtual propaganda? Has the government ever used government machinery to influence impressionable minds with political or partially political agenda? It's an issue of misuse of state machinery for self-propaganda,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.
HRD minister Smriti Irani clarified on Monday that the event was voluntary and the students would not be forced watch it.