Gehlot demands special state status for Rajasthan

Citing geographical conditions of the desert state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant a special state status to it.

Jaipur: Citing geographical conditions of the desert state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant a special state status to it.

Gehlot, at a meeting with the Prime Minister, reiterated
the demand for a special state status considering its peculiar
geographical conditions, an official release said.

He also demanded a special package for drinking water,
bullet train service between Delhi-Jaipur, construction of
Delhi-Jaipur expressway and increasing financial assistance
for Jaipur Metro among others.

The Prime Minister lauded the state for achieving
financial parameters and targets of the 11th Five Year Plan,
the release said.

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh
Ahluwalia was also present at the meeting.

The Prime Minister was on a day-long visit to the city
to inaugurate 10th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas.

PTI