Prime Minister Narendra Modi would launch the country-wide ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’(Village Self Governance Campaign) from Mhow, the birthplace of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar and the campaign will enter into an advance phase with celebrations Panchayati Raj Day on April 24 at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.
Addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi today and simultenously interacting with regional media through video conferencing , Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Birender Singh said that the Prime Minister wanted to take Panchayati Raj Day celebrations out of Delhi so that the government would get realistic grass-root level feedback from rural people directly.
“The Prime Minister would award the best performing Panchayats of the country and also address rural people. Speech of the Prime Minister would be directly telecast and broadcast in all Gram Panchayats. The campaign aims to generate nation-wide efforts to increase social harmony across villages, strengthen Panchayati Raj, promote rural development, and foster farmers’ progress,” they said.
Describing it a campaign for total transformation of socio-economic condition of villages, they said that entire country will be transformed through the campaign with the cooperation and participation of all within next 2 years.
Detailing the schedule of the campaign, Birender Singh said that on April 14-16 a ‘Social Harmony Programme’ will be conducted in all Gram Panchayats, supported collaboratively by his Ministry and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In this programme, villagers will honour Dr. Ambedkar, and resolve to strengthen social harmony. Information regarding the various schemes of the government to foster social justice will be provided, he added.
Radha Mohan Singh said that subsequently, between April 17 to 20 ‘Village Farmer Assemblies’ will be organized at Gram Panchayats. “The aim of this programme is to promote agriculture. In these assemblies, information regarding schemes regarding agriculture such as the Fasal Bima Yojna, Social Health Card etc. will be provided to farmers and their suggestions for bringing about improvements in agriculture will be solicited,” he added.
As per schedule, Gram Sabha meetings will be held on April 21-24 across the country. On this day, there will be a Prabhat Pheri (or morning walk) in the village, a programme on sanitation, a cultural programme as well as a sports programme.
On April24, Panchayati Raj Day will be celebrated at Jamshedpur, which will be attended by selected Panchayat representatives from the country. Public representatives, Central and State Government officers will attend all major events. Villagers will take an oath for the development of the village and the country.