Union Minister of Panchayati Raj, Rural Development and Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar has said that Sarpanches and elected representatives of Gram Panchayats should perform their responsibility for the overall development of villages. Panchayat representatives should also come forward to work on subjects like education, healthcare and nutrition so that every village in the country can move forward on the path of complete development.
Speaking on the occasion of National Panchayat Awards distribution function held virtually from New Delhi today, Tomar congratulated the award-winning Panchayat representatives, and said that taking inspiration from the winning panchayats, other panchayats should also do better so that they too can receive these awards next year. On National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had direct interaction with the panchayat representatives of the country through a webcast. The winners of three categories of National Panchayat Awards - Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Purasakar, Child Friendly Gram Panchayat Award and Gram Panchayat Development Plan Purasakar were also announced that day.
The Rural Development Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had started the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan to give a new direction to the country amid the circumstances arising out of the Coronavirus infection. At the core of Self-Reliant India is a village and agro-based economy. In such a situation, the role of the people's representatives of the panchayats increases further so as to realise the vision of the Prime Minister. Tomar said that every child of the village should go to school, all programmes from vaccination to nutrition should run smoothly, farmers should get information about farming techniques; to make it a reality the sarpanches will have to work in coordination with the local government. Sarpanches should monitor the benefits of every government scheme for villagers.
The minister referred to the Svamitva Yojana of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and said that this scheme will provide legal documents to the people living in the villages for their residential properties. Tomar also released the Gramoday Sankalp, a magazine of the ministry of Panchayati Raj. This magazine contains important information about the excellent works of Gram Panchayats, inspiring themes and success stories as well as the plans of the departments.