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PM Modi to visit Jammu today, may announce Rs 70,000 cr development package

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today visit Jammu and Kashmir for the first time after BJP-PDP alliance formed government in the state in March this year.During his day-long visit, the Prime Minister is expected

India TV News Desk [ Updated: July 17, 2015 11:38 IST ]
pm arrives in jammu on day long visit
pm arrives in jammu on day long visit

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today visit Jammu and Kashmir for the first time after BJP-PDP alliance formed government in the state in March this year.

During his day-long visit, the Prime Minister is expected to announce a mega development package of around Rs 70,000 crore for the border state.

The Prime Minister is also likely to announce an AIIMS for the Jammu region.

Modi, who will be accompanied by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, will be attending an event to honour Pt Dogra, the Congress leader who was the state's finance minister for over two decades and a Member of Parliament from Udhampur-Doda and Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha constituencies.

As per the schedule, he will reach Technical Airport Jammu at 11 am.

The BJP for the first time had managed to win 25 Assembly seats in last year's assembly elections and be a part of the government. Modi had last visited Jammu on March 1 to attend the swearing-in-ceremony of the PDP- BJP government.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in and around Jammu ahead of Modi's visit. A team of Special Protection Group (SPG) has already arrived here and carried out sanitisation of the venue where Prime Minister is scheduled to address a gathering.

The venue of the function, General Zorawar Singh auditorium of the Jammu University, has been sealed and the entire University has been turned into a fortress.

SSP (in charge) Jammu Rajiv Panday said that elaborate security arrangements have been kept in place ahead of the Prime Minister's scheduled visit.

"We have covered all the areas near the venue, the police and other security agencies have sanitised the area and personnel have been deployed on all the high-rise buildings in and around the venue," he said.

Modi's visit comes amidst Pakistani side resorting to unprovoked firing along Line of Control (LoC).

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