Rural economy holds huge potential for economic growth: Giriraj Singh

Union Minister of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Shri Giriraj Singh, reviewed the progress made in strengthening decentralized participatory democracy through the Gram Sabha, the SVAMITVA program and the role of States in localizing the Sustainable Development Goals through the institutions of the Panchayati Raj under his Samvaad Karyakram with the States. of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Union Territories of Pondicherry and Lakshadweep, in the presence of Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil, Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj . Shri KR Periyakaruppan, Minister of Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Government of Tamil Nadu was also present on this occasion.

Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Shri Giriraj Singh, stressed the need for regular dialogue and constructive consultations with States and Union Territories for better coordination among all stakeholders for the implementation of government programs at the local level. Shri Giriraj Singh underlined that convergence between Ministries, States, Panchayati Raj Institutions and other stakeholders is essential to achieve common goals aimed at ensuring better quality of life and welfare of the rural population as a whole and the strengthening of the Panchayati Raj system across the country. With the strengthening of local governance structures and harnessing the power of grassroots democracy, we can make our Panchayats the real key agents in rural areas.

Shri Giriraj Singh said that the rural economy holds tremendous potential for economic growth and called on the institutions of Panchayati Raj to help strengthen the rural economy and explore opportunities for job creation in rural economic activities. Through this, the country can also achieve the Sustainable Development Goals at the village level.

The minister suggested that steps could be taken towards strengthening the village economy by improving fruit production through fruit growing or fruit growing in villages through panchayats. He said each Panchayat should strive to financially empower farmers by planting high quality organic fruit trees on 20% private land in their area. Shri Singh said that fruit tree planting work can be boosted by convergence with MGNREGA.

Shri Giriraj Singh urged states to expedite the work of preparing Panchayat development plans and uploading them to the e-GramSwaraj portal. He said states should also expedite the work of connecting Gram Panchayats to the active and reliable internet through BharatNet, until this work is nearing completion, the state should expedite the work of setting up common service centers in Panchayat Bhawans.

Shri Giriraj Singh emphasized the convergence of central and state government agendas at the Gram Panchayat level and efforts to achieve sustainable development goals at the local level through appropriate convergence.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil, said that proper training and capacity building are essential to ensure that the benefits of central and state reach the base through the Panchayats. He said that in addition to working in this direction in a concerted manner, information on all central government and state government projects should reach the villagers through the Gram Sabha with the active participation of representatives of the Panchayat, officials and other stakeholders. Our goal is to extend the benefits of government programs to last mile beneficiaries and ensure their participation in the participatory planning process. Shri Patil pointed out that effective last mile service delivery is the key to accelerated overall development in rural areas of the country.

Shri KR Periyakaruppan, Minister of Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Government of Tamil Nadu, expressed his views on this occasion.

Shri Sunil Kumar, Secretary of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, while interacting with the States, said that the Ministry of Panchayati Raj held a series of meetings with the States last year regarding the strengthening of decentralized and participatory democracy through through Gram Sabha, and our efforts have borne fruit – the results of these efforts are now visible.

Shri Sunil Kumar said that local self-government will be more accountable, transparent and efficient in its operation due to the dynamism of Gram Sabha and that all programs of central government and state government will be implemented better and efficiently . Apart from the need to activate Gram Panchayat Committees and Sub-Committees, he also urged States to include one or two issues related to village development on the agenda of every Gram Sabha and discuss them categorically to find an amicable solution. .

Appreciating the efforts of the Southern States to make the Gram Panchayats vibrant, Shri Sunil Kumar said that the Southern States can become a model for the whole country in this regard. He also urged all states to continuously update the information on the Vibrant Gram Sabha portal.

Other Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Department Secretaries of Panchayati Raj from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and the Union Territories of Pondicherry and Lakshadweep, have also expressed their views and updated the status of actions taken and in progress. with regard to the agenda items discussed in the meeting and assured the Union Minister of Panchayati Raj to fill in the gaps wherever pointed out taking into consideration the availability of resources and constraints encountered through continuous consultation with stakeholders and MoPR in particular.

Shri (Dr.) Chandra Shekhar Kumar, Additional Secretary, delivered a welcome speech during the inaugural session of the virtual meeting. Shri Khushwant Singh Sethi, co-secretary, made a brief presentation on strengthening decentralized participatory democracy through the Gram Sabha and shared the views of the ministry. Shri Alok Prem Nagar, co-secretary, gave a presentation on the SVAMITVA program. Smt. Rekha Yadav, Co-Secretary, gave a presentation on the role of States in localizing the Sustainable Development Goals through the institutions of Panchayati Raj.

(With GDP entries)

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