Jamshedpur, March 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the National Panchayati Raj Day function scheduled in the city on April 24.
On Wednesday, the Chief Minister Raghubar Das undertook an appraisal of the venue of the Prime Minister’s visit— the sprawling JRD Tata Sports Complex in Northern Town— having a capacity to accommodate nearly 40,000 persons.
“Modiji has given his approval to participate in the National Panchayati Raj Day function on April 24. We have selected JRD Tata Sports Complex. More than 2,000 delegates comprising members from best performing Gram Panchayats will be awarded with Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar by the Union panchayati raj minister on the occasion,” said Raghubar Das.
The Prime Minister will also give away the Annual Devolution Index (states) awards and e-panchayat awards on the occasion.
Incidentally, Union government celebrates April 24 as National Panchayati Raj Day as the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act 1992 came into force with effect from this day in 1993 institutionalizing the Panchayati Raj.
The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by Tata Steel vice-president (corporate services) Sunil Bhaskaran, East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, and East Singhbhum SSP Anoop T. Mathew during his 40-minute inspection of the JRD Tata Sports Complex, took stock of situation and discussed about the seating arrangements for the Prime Minister and the delegates from different panchayats across the country and other security measures.
The Chief Minister also suggested Sunil Bhaskaran to repair and renovate the historic Keenan Stadium along with state government so that the city can host international cricket matches again.
Later in the day, The Chief Minister held a closed door discussion with the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner, SSP and city SP Chandan Jha at the Circuit House.
“It was an initial discussion on different aspects at the venue and city in view of the Prime Minister’s visit on April 24. However, the final decision will be taken by security wings of the Prime Minister’s office, who will be visiting city in the first week of April,” said East Singhbhum deputy commissioner.
Earlier, in the day, the Chief Minister paid homage at a statue of Shahid Bhagat Singh at Jemco roundabout in city.