Jamshedpur, April 8: Additional secretary Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Rashmi Shukla Sharma on Friday took stock of the preparation at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in view of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s to the city on April 24.
As per the plans, rural handicrafts of Jharkhand will be exhibited during the Prime Minister’s visit to city to attend a function to mark the National Panchayati Raj Day at JRD Tata Sports Complex.
During the visit, Sharma appreciated the state government’s effort to promote state handicrafts at the Mohan Ahuja Indoor Stadium, near the JRD Tata Sports Complex.
“We have decided to organize an exhibition to promote state handicrafts prepared by rural artisans especially as the programme would be attended by delegates and ministers including Central ministers from across the country.
The preparations are going on full swing and the Panchayati Raj Diwas would be held on a grand scale in steel city,” said the additional secretary.
Incidentally, Chief Ministers from different states and Union ministers from rural development department and panchayati raj, Choudhary Birender Singh would be attending the function.
According to sources in the district administration, the two-day exhibition would begin from April 23 and would have stalls exhibiting various products from rural parts of Jharkhand.
Additional secretary addressing media after the meeting said: “Union ministry of panchayati raj in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Justice And Empowerment, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare will be
conducting a campaign ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’ (a central government’s campaign to strengthen Panchayati Raj in villages).
The campaign will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh in April 14, on the occasion of 125th Birth anniversary of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar and culminated on the National panchayati diwas
function at Jamshedpur”.
Officials who attended the meeting with the additional secretary revealed that tentatively Prime Minister will be arriving in city at 4 pm and will be addressing nearly 3,000 panchayat delegates from across the country.
“We are all set to welcome our Prime Minister. He will award delegates from the best performing gram panchayats with Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar at the function and give away the annual devolution index (states)
awards and e-panchayat awards on the occasion. As per tentative schedule discussed by the additional secretary the
Prime Minister will arrive city by air route after arriving in Ranchi and will be leaving city for Ranchi after staying for over an hour and leave straight to Delhi,” said a senior official in the district administration.
The additional secretary who also inspected the entrance gate and other logistics at the stadium, however refused to divulge details about the security aspects by stating.
According to sources in the district administration, the SPG (Special Protection Group) will be taking over the JRD Tata Sports Complex from April 21 evening.