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Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi addresses Gujarat Panchayat Maha Sammelan at GMDC ground in Ahmedabad

Aapnu Gaam, Aapnu Gaurav

Today, as we are marking Amrit Mahotsav, we must fulfil Bapu’s dream of ‘Grameen Vikas’- Prime Minister

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  • Collective strength of the villages is the only means of development
  • Every village should hold Prabhatferi (morning processions) for nation spirit
  • Representatives from the villages should plant 75 trees and resolve to build a forest
  • 75 farmers from each village turn to natural farming

It is the history of Gujarat to give priority to Gram Panchayats in public administration: – Chief Minister 


Gandhinagar, Friday:  Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi addressed representatives at the Gujarat Panchayat Mahasammelan held at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad and said that Gujarat is the land of Pu. Bapu and Sardar Patel. Bapu always talked about rural development, self-reliant villages. Today, as we are marking Amrit Mahotsav, we must fulfil Bapu’s dream of ‘Grameen Vikas’.

The Panchayati Raj system is very important in strengthening democracy. Result-oriented works of bringing changes are carried out by the sarpanchs and public representatives. PM has his expressed confidence that the Panchayati Raj system of Gujarat will be a model for the entire nation.

Welcoming the public representatives joined from all across the state PM congratulated and said that the whole world was affected with Global Pandemic of Corona, But the self-awareness of villagers across the country has defeated Corona. The villagers made their own rules for controlling the spread of corona.

Referring to the contribution of women in the state panchayat system, Prime Minister Shri Modi said that the contribution of women in the state panchayat system is noteworthy. At the same time, the approach of Samaras Panchayat has been successfully implemented in the state. At one time due to lack of unity following the election in the villages bias was felt. Recalling Shri Vinoba Bhave, the Prime Minister said that he always made efforts to unite everyone, which is been realized in Gujarat today.

During his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Modi had adopted a new approach to strengthen the contribution of women in the Panchayat system of the state. He called on the public representatives to take a resolution that “No one should be left poor in the village”. Our strength lies in our ability to carry any responsibility collectively.

At a time when our schools are the lifeblood of the village, PM requested the people who have studied in the school to gather for collective efforts. It is time for every village in the state to organize at least 75 Prabhatferi (morning processions) by August 2023 to awaken the consciousness of national devotion and recall the sacrifices of Gandhi-Sardar-Bhagat Singh.

The whole village should come together and plant 75 trees in the village through which we will be able to save our environment. We will be able to establish new dimensions of development if the elected public representatives make efforts to increase the beauty and interest of the people coming to the village from outside. He had requested everyone to create such a small forest.

At time when Gujarat Governor Mr. Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel are making efforts for natural farming, PM requested that atleast 75 farmers from each village should turn to natural farming so our land gets rid from the poison of fertilizers and chemicals, which will save money along with environment.

It was a time when Gujarat was facing drought every two to three years. Then we adopted a new approach of constructing Khettalawadi – Boribandh – check dam for water storage and built more than 1 lakh Boribandh. Today we should all resolve to raise the ground water level through water conservation. He called on the public representatives to build 75 farm ponds wherever there are small streams in the villages.

Referring to vaccination to save livestock, in our villages, cattle’s had foot & mouth disease. At that time, the Government of India has allocated Rs. 13,000 crore for the vaccination of animals.

Calling for the installation of street lights or LED bulbs in households in villages, Shri Modi said that it is our duty to save electricity. It is imperative that the retired government employees of the village get together once a month and become active in how their village gets the maximum benefits of various schemes of the state and central government. At the same time, if we celebrate the birthday of the village and invite people living in other places outside the village, then the village will establish a new milestone of development, added PM.

With the spread of technology, optical fiber has reached the villages today, enabling the public representatives to take advantage of telemedicine, tele education PM said that the approach of Common Service Centre in the village has been implemented.

While women are a powerful and integral part of the society, women represent the electorate in more than 50% of the villages in the state. Elected Women – Representatives Represent the power of democracy in a result-oriented way.

Referring to the election results, Mr. Modi said that while the power of democracy has set new standards in four states yesterday, he congratulated all for establishing faith in democracy by celebrating “Panchayati Raj” Day in a result oriented manner.


Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel 

This event of direct dialogue with the Sarpanch’s of the state was considered amongst the top leadership event to provide them  guidance  was termed as one of the historic event by Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel. He said that Gujarat has a history of giving priority to Gram Panchayats in public administration. CM expressed his gratitude towards Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi for increasing the grant allotted by the Finance Commission to accelerate the development of villages.

Atmanirbhar Gram Yatra organized with context to Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav  and Gram Sabhas  which was organized to  mark Gandhi Jayanti  was accredited successful by CM. He said that the state government is following the footsteps of the initiative of regular gram sabhas taken up by Prime Minister during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat. By getting in touch with the people residing in villages and to solve their problems. Shri Bhupendra Patel also gave details regarding the launch of e-Gram Centres with Broadband Connectivity in more than 1 thousand villages so that rural citizens can easily access various government services at home. He also detailed the people of Gujarat about the development work done in the rural areas including the connection of taps in 85 lakh rural houses, completion of 3 lakh 8 thousand rural houses.

CM also assured Prime Minister that every Gram Panchayat of Gujarat would become self- reliant Panchayat and contribute towards building a self-reliant India. Minister of Panchayats Shri. Brijesh Merja  said that, this address of Prime Minister’s Mahasammelan with regard to powerful Gram Panchayats are the backbone of a self-reliant village, which  included Sarpanch as well as officials will be noted down in the  history in golden letters. The three-tier panchayat structure is the wheel of development of Gujarat which gives special impetus to the pace of development. He further added saying that, during the tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi was focused on making Gram Panchayats a basic unit for the development of the country, and made various efforts to bring awareness in the gram panchayats. Shri Narendra Modi also sowed the seeds of e-gram in Gujarat which is on the way on becoming a WiFi-enabled village today. Government is determined to make the villages updated and well-equipped to prevent the youth of the state from moving into the city. Since the day he took over the charge as Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi he allocated Rs. 8,132 crore in the 14th Finance Commission and Rs. 15,650 crore for 15th Finance Commission which has strengthened the panchayat structure.

On this occasion, a coffee table book related to Panchayati Raj was released by Prime Minister.

On this occasion MP Shri. Narhari Amin, Shri Hasmukh Patel, Mayor Shri Kirit Parmar, BJP President Shri C.R. Patil, President of Gujarat Panchayat Pradesh Samiti Smt. Nayana Patel, Former Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani, Former Deputy Chief Minister Shri Nitin Patel, Members of the Cabinet of Ministers, Chief Secretary Shri Pankaj Kumar, Village Development Department Additional Chief Secretary Shri. Vipul Mittra, Senior officials, District and Taluka Panchayat Presidents, Members, Gram Panchayat Sarpanchs were also present.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat