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Now, a Narendra Modi film before every movie in the theatre

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

The Narendra Modi-led government has suggested that adding the word "PM" or the name of a nationalist leader to the name of a scheme can help solve the debate around naming central schemes.

The Centre has also recommended that fortnightly films be produced to highlight the achievements of Narendra Modi. The government has reportedly suggested that these films be "mandatorily" played before the screening of movies in every theatre.

According to the Indian Express the suggestion was made by the group of ministers (GoM), during a meeting chaired by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, set up to recommend ways of increasing visibility of central schemes in states and districts.

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Taking control

As per the daily, it was suggested at the meeting that the government's achievements be highlighted, stressing on the "difference between the past and present" in a "humorous way".

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Other suggestions reportedly made at the meetings were:

  • Central schemes should be inaugurated in the presence of Union ministers and MPs in order to ensure that state governments do not take credit for central schemes.
  • MPs should be given constitutional authority to conduct checks on the execution of the schemes, while establishing a system of penalties for discrepancies in execution.
  • Recommendations to allow MPs to head the committees in districts for such schemes, which are currently headed by district magistrates or superintendents of police.

  • A minimum of two interviews a week by each minister to the national broadcasters, Doordarshan and All India Radio. 
  • The Centre reportedly also stressed on "exclusive news" in media houses and suggested that such information should be "selectively given out to a few journalists" as "making them exclusive stories will ensure better coverage".

  • First published: 25 April 2016, 12:36 IST