Friday, 3 October 2014

PM Narendra Modi to speak on All India Radio today

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to connect with the people today through national broadcaster All India Radio.

The speech, which will be exclusive to AIR, will also be telecast on all news channels of Doordarshan, AIR director general (News) Archana Dutta told IANS.

The speech will begin at 11 am.

Modi had announced in the beginning of September on the website that he will be sharing his ideas through radio, and also said in a tweet that he has received many ideas and suggestions for it.

This is likely to be the first in a series.

According to officials, the speech will be quickly translated into 24 Indian and 16 foreign languages.

The radio programme is one of the efforts being made by Modi to connect with the people.

"The idea of the Prime Minister of India sharing his thoughts with countrymen has been received by people with great enthusiasm. It has attracted response from all the corners of country. A large number of people have responded to the forthcoming radio programme and have shared their thoughts and ideas," an official statement said.

According to AIR old-timers, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was the last leader to have regularly used the radio medium to address the nation.

According to the AIR website, its service comprises 413 stations located across the country, reaching nearly 92 per cent of the country's area and 99.19 per cent of the population.

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