Bhubaneswar: Allegations and counter-allegations notwithstanding, preparations for the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme of BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik scheduled to be held tomorrow on the occasion of Children’s Day is on in full swing on a war footing note here.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has always been slammed by opposition leaders for his little knowledge of Odia language will address the school students across the state through a televised speech tomorrow on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru which is celebrated as the Children’s Day.
The collectors of all the 30 districts have been asked to make necessary arrangements at the block and Panchayat level for the programme.
The 45-minute televised speech will be aired on Doordarshan and some regional TV channels from 11.15am to 12 noon.
No stone is being left unturned and emphasis has been given on to rope in the maximum number of students, parents and teachers to attend attend the programme which is being organized by the Panchayati Raj Department.
The School and Mass Education Department will also organize various school and state-level competitions on the day.
According to reports, students from class I to V will participate in essay competition while students from class VI to VIII will take part in poetry competition and class VIII to X students will compete in debate competition.
Each district has been asked to select a maximum 1200 participants, out of which 200 will participate at the district level and rest will participate at Panchayat, Block or Sub-divisional level competitions.
The Block Education Officers (BEOs) and District Education Officers (DEOs) have been asked to make a detailed plan of action so that all students of the school will attend the Chief Minister’s programme.
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.