Children's Day: Odisha Chief Minister To Address Students On Television On November 14
In a programme organised by the Panchayati Raj Department, Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik will for the first time address school students on television on the occasion of Children's Day on November 14. Children's Day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
"The Panchayati Raj Department will organise the event," said School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra.
According to the minister, district collectors have been asked to make necessary arrangements at the block and panchayat level for this Children's Day programme.
The 45-minute televised speech by the Chief Minister will be aired on Doordarshan from 11.15 am to 12 noon on November 14. Patnaik is expected to address more than 6,60,000 students from around 62,000 schools across the state.
On the occasion of Children's Day, the Odisha School and Mass Education Department is planning to organise school and state-level competitions for the students.
The Odisha government had on September decided to provide free uniforms
to all pupils in state-run schools across the state and free bicycles to each class nine student.
On September this year, Naveen Patnaik government abolished the block grant system of teachers
in schools and colleges. The teachers have been demanding abolition of block grant system in which they get a consolidated amount without any allowances or other benefits.
"In the interest of teachers of our state, we have taken a landmark decision to abolish block grant & implement grant-in-aid system. This will hugely benefit teachers, increase their morale and improve quality of education in Odisha," Mr. Patnaik wrote on Facebook then.
In another development regarding the Children's Day, Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister said November 14 would be a holiday for all government offices and schools
, and directions to this effect would be issued to private schools soon.(With Inputs from Agencies)
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(This article was first published on November 7, 2017 and was updated several times thereafter)