On the occasion of the National Panchayati Raj Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with several sarpanchs via video conferencing and highlighted the need for villages, districts, and cities in India to be self-reliant.
“The coronavirus pandemic has taught us the biggest lesson that we have to become self-dependent. Otherwise, we won’t be able to deal with such problems,” said PM Modi.
Interacting with Sarpanchs across the country through Video-Conferencing on Panchayati Raj Divas. https://t.co/irKVx4lKN6
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 24, 2020
During the video call, PM Modi also inaugurated the E-Gram Swaraj portal and a mobile application to provide gram panchayats with a single interface to prepare and implement their development plans.
PM Modi lauded the role of villages in the country’s fight against the deadly coronavirus, which has already claimed over 700 lives in India.
“All the members of the Panchayati Raj system are a source of inspiration as they are playing an important role in preventing the infection with full dedication like brave warriors,” the PM said.
“Through patience, discipline, cooperation, and alertness of all the countrymen, we will surely be able to defeat the coronavirus epidemic,” he added.
Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was also present during the video conferencing.
Earlier in a letter to Tomar, the Prime Minister had congratulated the Panchayati Raj members across the nation for their effort to combat the novel coronavirus crisis.
According to the prime minister, panchayats are an effective means to fulfill the aspirations of rural India and added that the government is moving forward with the view that a strong rural economy is the key to the development of the country.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday also praised the Panchayati Raj system.
Greetings on Panchayati Raj Day!
Panchayati Raj Institutions are cornerstone of the decentralized governance and planning in India. They have contributed significantly in strengthening foundation of democracy in the country. #PanchayatiRajDiwas #PanchayatiRajDay
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) April 23, 2020
“They have contributed in strengthening the democracy of the country. There is a need to fully empower Panchayats through three Fs – funds, functions, and functionaries – to enable them emerge as vibrant hubs of self-reliance in different sectors,” said Naidu.