Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated several infrastructure projects worth over Rs 2,100 crore in Rajasthan today. The prime minister, who is on a day's visit to the state capital, will seek feedback from around 2.5 lakh beneficiaries of various central and state-run public welfare schemes under 'Pradhan Mantri Jansanwad' programme. The prime minister's visit is said to be a precursor to the BJP's official campaign for the Rajasthan Assembly election slated to take place later this year.
During the visit, PM Modi will interact with beneficiaries of seven central government and five state government's flagship schemes. Addressing a rally in Jaipur, PM Modi said development was the only focus of his government. "There are some who do not like anything we do, they flinch at our name but BJP believes only in vikas, vikas and vikas," he said.
Among the important projects inaugurated by PM Modi are the Integrated Infrastructure package for the walled city of Udaipur, Elevated Road Project for Ajmer, Water Supply and Sewerage projects in various cities, Upgradation of STPs in Dholpur, Nagaur, Alwar, and Jodhpur.
Over 2 lakh beneficiaries have been invited from all 33 districts of the state to participate in this programme, news agency IANS reported.
According to information, around 4.5 crore people of Rajasthan have benefitted from around 160 government schemes.
The Rajasthan government is spending over Rs 7 crore to ferry beneficiaries of welfare schemes to the rally, according to an official order. The money for their travel will largely come from funds for the schemes.
The state government has arranged 5,579 buses to bring people to the Amrudon Ka Bagh stadium where the PM is scheduled to address the gathering, officials said.
According to an order of the General Administration Department (GAD), the government will spend Rs 722.53 lakh to bring people from 33 districts to the state capital.
The largest number of buses are planned to arrive from Alwar, Udaipur and Ajmer districts. In Jaipur district alone, 532 buses are expected to ferry the beneficiaries to the venue.
Two helipads have been constructed at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur to facilitate the landing of PM Modi. Sensitive areas in the city are covered by CCTV cameras, and temporary control rooms will alert the field units if they spot any suspicious activity.