Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at National Panchayat Awards 2021 on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day

  • Brothers and sisters, The Panchayati Raj Day is an important occasion to rededicate ourselves to the pledge of redevelopment of rural India.
  • This is a day to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions and extraordinary work of our Gram Panchayats.
  • I have got the opportunity to honour and award the Panchayats which have done commendable work in the development of the villages.
  • I extend my best wishes to all of you on the ‘Panchayati Raj Diwas’. Recently, Panchayat elections have been held in many states and are also underway in a lot of states, so today we have many new colleagues with us.
  • I also convey my best wishes to all the new representatives of people. Friends, Today, a very important SWAMITVA Scheme, that gives legal documents to the village and the poor, has also been implemented all over the country.
  • Property cards have also been issued to several colleagues where the scheme was launched last year.
  • I also congratulate and wish all my colleagues who have been involved in this work and have tried to carry forward it in a time bound manner.
  • The SWAMITVA scheme is going to give a new impetus to the confidence, mutual trust and development of the poor in villages. I also congratulate all the countrymen for this.
  • Friends, When we met for Panchayati Raj Day last year, the entire country was battling Corona. Then I had urged all of you to play your part in preventing Corona from reaching villages.
  • Not only did all of you prevent Corona from reaching villages, you also played a big role in spreading awareness in villages.
  • The challenge that we face this year is bigger as we do not have to allow this infection to enter villages under any circumstances.
  • You will achieve success with enthusiasm and discipline this time also the way you worked hard last year and the leadership shown by villages of the country because you have the experience of one year.
  • You have all the details regarding the crisis and how to avoid it. And, therefore, I am confident that all the people of my country and villages will be able to prevent Corona from entering villages and will also make perfect arrangements.
  • We will have to ensure complete implementation of guidelines that are being issued from time to time.
  • This time we have a shield of vaccine. Therefore, we have to take every precaution and also ensure that every person in the village is given both doses of vaccines.
  • The Indian government is currently vaccinating every person above the age of 45 years free of cost in every state of the country.
  • Now, from May 1, the process of vaccinating people above the age of 18 years is about to begin. This vaccination campaign will be successful only with the help of all of you.