Modi to inaugurate C’garh foundation day celebrations


Raipur:┬áPrime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Chhattisgarh’s 16th foundation day celebrations in Naya Raipur on November 1 during his visit to the state.

He will also launch ‘Saur Sujala Yojana’ which aims to provide solar pumps to 51,000 farmers for irrigation in state.

“Prime Minister Modi will grace the inaugural ceremony of the five-day ‘Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav’ the statehood celebration to start from November 1,” Chief Minister Raman Singh said in a statement here.

“On the occasion, he will also launch the ambitious Saur Sujala Yojana which will benefit lakhs of farmers all over the country, particularly from those areas where traditional electricity is yet to reach,” he said.

The five-day event will be held at the sprawling ‘Rajyotsav Sthal’ at Naya Raipur, the upcoming new capital of Chhattisgarh.

Besides, Modi will also dedicate the state’s first man-made jungle safari developed in an area of 320-hectares and Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) at Naya Raipur.

He will also unveil a statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at ‘Ekatm Path’, the release said.

Earlier, Chhattisgarh had sent a proposal on ‘Saur Sujala Yojana’ to the Centre which was appreciated by Modi, who later decided to implement the scheme across the country, it said.

Expressing happiness that the Prime Minister has selected Chhattisgarh for launching the scheme, Singh said, under the ‘Saur Sujala Yojana’, 51,000 farmers from Chhattisgarh will be benefited.

As many as 51,000 solar powered irrigation pumps of 3HP and 5HP capacity worth Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 4.5 lakh respectively, will be distributed among equal number of farmers by March 31, 2019. The farmers will get these pumps at subsidised price, he said.

The scheme will be given priority in those areas where electricity connection has not reached yet, he added.

The Prime Minister will arrive here at Swami Vivekanand airport on November 1 at 11.15 AM and after taking part in series of programmes, he will leave for Delhi at around 2:50 PM, the statement said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to attend the valedictory function of the ‘Rajyotsav’ on November 5.

Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in November, 2000.