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Odisha CM Naveen to address students on children's day

Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik will address lakhs of school children and their parents through a televised speech on Children's Day on November 14, over three years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with students across the country on Teacher's Day in a similar way.

The school and mass education department has asked the government and government-aided schools to make arrangements for the students to listen to Patnaik's address between 11.15am and 12pm on Children's Day.

Officials said headmasters and school management committee members will contact villagers who own televisions fitted with set-top box to facilitate watching of Patnaik's speech in respective villages.

Meetings of the school management committee and parent-teachers' association will be held in each school to ensure the presence of both students and parents when the chief minister's speech is telecast. The status report on the attendance of the students will have to be submitted by school authorities by 3pm.

The school and mass education department has also suggested schools to conduct a debate and essay competition on various topics, including on Patnaik being awarded the best chief minister of the country two months ago.

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