Non-availability of last mile connectivity, rains, lack of refreshments, and poor set-top boxes, television sets and speakers also disrupted the telecast at many city schools.

"A television and a set-top box were provided to us last night. Unfortunately, there was some problem in the speakers, so the speech was not audible and many students left in between," said Surender Sharma, yoga instructor at Secondary School, Babar Road. Sharma was the in-charge of the programme at the school.

The story was repeated at Balwant Rai Mehta Vidyalaya in South Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area as the students here had to miss a substantial part of the Prime Minister's speech as power went off after first 30 minutes.

"We were very excited to be able to hear Prime Minister's speech and almost all the student were present. But lights went off at the very moment and we could not hear him," said a disappointed Diksha Bharadwaj, who is a student of class 10 of the school.

On the other hand, parents complained of non-availability of any facility to them as they had to wait for hours to pick up their wards.

"It is good to make the students listen to the speech as they should know what their PM wants from them. But the school authorities should have prepared for the event in a better way. They should have at least made seating arrangements for us," said Shobha Gupta who had come to pick up her child from a government school in the capital.

"I took an off from office today as the school did not provide any facility to drop the child. There were no instructions provided to us as to when should we come to pick them up. There are many who have been waiting since afternoon," said Inder Kumar Dubey, who waited amid rain to take his two kids home.

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