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Government demands evidence from schools of students watching 'Pariksha Pe Charcha'
In a move that has received widespread criticism, the BJP-led Central government has demanded picture and video proof from schools of their students having watched 'Pariksha Par Charcha' which was held on last Friday.

The national telecast of the Prime Minister's interaction with the students was telecasted across the nation on February 16. As per reports, the order has come from the HRD ministry and it has asked all state governments to submit the reports in the matter. The schools have been asked to submit the proof in terms of photos and videos of the students watching the telecast. The reports have also suggested that the schools had been given time till February 19th to submit the reports.

Reportedly, the details that the state governments have been asked to furnish include total number of schools and the number of schools where students viewed or heard the telecast. The HRD ministry has also sought details regarding the medium through which the government school children viewed the telecast, be it television or radio, web streaming or the websites that were authorised by the government to broadcast the speech.

As the move generated criticism, the HRD ministry has reportedly rejected the claims of it seeking photo and video evidence of school children who attended the telecast and has termed the exercise as 'routine feedback'. It has also claimed that the exercise was not mandatory in nature.

The "Pariksha Par Charcha" was a live interactive session that the PM held with the students of various schools. The event was held at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. The talk was about how to handle exam stress. Reports had suggested that lakhs of school students had watched the national telecast that was broadcast across the country.

The move was also criticised by various netizens who claimed that at a time when the schools are gearing up for board examinations, precious time was being wasted in collating unnecessary reports.

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