On National Panchayati Raj Day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that his government was working towards empowerment and holistic development of gram panchayats through proper utilisation of resources to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of Gram Swaraj.
While launching development projects worth over Rs 1,100 crore at Airi Rampura in Jalaun on Sunday, Yogi said, “Gram Swaraj, put forward by Gandhiji, will be realised only when our panchayats are empowered to become ‘Atmanirbhar’. If all 58,000 gram panchayats work with a positive development-oriented approach, then every citizen, every village will contribute towards prosperity of the new India.”
Emphasising on transforming the villages into ‘smart villages’, the chief minister said that his government was working towards establishment of village secretariats (gram sachivalaya) for effective implementation of various government schemes at grassroots level, and providing facilities of optical fibre and WiFi in every gram panchayat as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision.
Urging all the village representatives to work similar to the award-winning panchayats, Yogi said, “There is no shortage of funds today, with farsightedness, positive intent and determination, each gram panchayat should strive towards development.”
Speaking on the occasion, Yogi further said that under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava, the exercise of excavation/rejuvenation of ‘Amrit Sarovars’ (ponds) would encourage the villagers towards conservation of rain water, its better management, usage and plantation of trees.
“The Amrit Sarovars will emerge as tourist destinations and will serve as a spot for the villagers to celebrate national events together,” he added.
Among the inaugurated projects were as many as 39,000 panchayat secretariats with internet connectivity, built at a cost of Rs 682.50 crore, as many as 7,10,000 LED lights installed in panchayats at a cost of Rs 306.72 crore, 2,000 community toilets built at a cost of Rs 90 crore and 16 District Panchayat Resource Centres and Training Centres (DPRCs) constructed at a cost of Rs 33.60 crore.
Uttar Pradesh secured the third spot for the e-Panchayat award nationally for ensuring maximum use of information technology for monitoring the works of panchayats. It is noteworthy that the efforts of the state to bring in transparency, efficiency and accountability in the functioning of gram panchayats through the use of information and communication technology were also praised.
Uttar Pradesh has received as many as 28 national level awards in different categories. The Nanaji Deshmukh National Gaurav Gram Sabha award was given to Hansudi Ausanpur gram panchayat in Siddharthnagar, while Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar-2022 has been given to two district panchayats of Jalaun and Mirzapur, three kshetra panchayats and 20 gram panchayats in different categories. They include Naujheel kshetra panchayat of Mathura district, Pathardeva kshetra panchayat of Deoria district and Bangra kshetra panchayat of Jhansi district.
The gram panchayats which have received awards in different categories include the gram panchayats of Kurepura Kaner of Kuthound block of Jalaun district, Mau Rural of Mauranipur block of Jhansi district, Dundu Kheda Bangar of Kandhala block of Shamli district, Mustafapur and Milak Amawati of Dilari block of Moradabad, Talour of Jhansi block of Moth, Budhana of Muzaffarnagar, Phugna in Sanaha block of Ayodhya, Thatibar of Dudahi block of Kushinagar, Hamirpur Ruru of Irwa Katra block of Auraiya, Birona of Baldev block of Mathura, Deoria of Mithwal block of Siddharthnagar, Putthi Ibrahimpur of Jansath block of Muzaffarnagar, Basti Mujhna of Sau Ghat block, Ghuri Tikar of Tarun block of Ayodhya, Mailani of Ramnagar block of Basti, Bhartaul of Bithri Chainpur block of Bareilly, Bateshwar of Bah block of Agra, Penti Kheda of Fatehabad, Agra and Burnpur of Birdpur block of Siddharthnagar.
Yogi also assured to provide facilities of high school education in the villages itself to end the struggles of students residing in the rural areas.