rural economy – Indice Rural Sat, 19 Mar 2022 09:00:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 rural economy – Indice Rural 32 32 Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO Sarah Lucas Appointed Rural Development Assistant Tue, 15 Mar 2022 15:39:00 +0000

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Michigan (WLUC) – Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) CEO Sarah Lucas was recently appointed to the new Michigan State Office of Rural Development, effective April 18.

“While we are disappointed to see her leave the LSCP, we are delighted that Sarah is joining the Office of Rural Development, for which the LSCP has been a cheerleader in supporting its establishment,” said the board chairwoman. administration of the LSCP, Roxanne Daust. “This Department of State is extremely important to Upper Michigan, and we are thrilled to have a friend of the LSCP and the community lead the new department.”

In January, Governor Gretchen Whitmer created the Office of Rural Development within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) via Executive Directive 2022-01 to focus on the strategic needs of rural Michigan, including including economic and labor development, infrastructure, public health. , and environmental sustainability.

“I have spent my career working with and advocating for the causes of rural communities and I care deeply about the challenges and opportunities they face,” said Lucas. “I am honored to have this opportunity to use the knowledge and relationships I have built over the years to support rural Michigan through the Office of Rural Development, and I am excited to continue working with partners like the LSCP in this new role.”

As Deputy Rural Development, Lucas will serve as the state point of contact for community leaders on pressing rural issues.

“Having spent most of her career in small towns and rural areas of Northwest Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, Sarah has a deep connection and understanding of the challenges facing our rural communities. His more than 20 years of passion and experience will serve the Michiganders well,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Rural Michigan is a fundamental part of Michigan’s economy. This new office will play a crucial role in supporting MDARD’s efforts and leading new ones as we work together to build a more prosperous rural economy.

During his tenure as CEO of LSCP, Lucas spearheaded new community initiatives and led the implementation of the organization’s vision and strategy. To ensure continuity and continued momentum on all of the LSCP’s strategic priorities, Lois Ellis, Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (DAEDA), will serve as interim CEO while the position is filled. while continuing to serve in his current position. Ellis worked for the LSCP as Vice President for many years prior to her role in the Dickinson area. She works daily directly with LSCP staff as a key regional partner in economic development.

“With such an experienced team currently at LSCP, I am confident the transition will be smooth until the new CEO is hired,” Ellis said. “The community can continue to expect our team to continue to meet the county’s economic development needs.”

Lucas’ last day with the LSCP will be April 15, 2022. The board is currently looking for a replacement for the position.

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The Minister celebrates the success of his rural development program in Newry, Morne and Down Fri, 11 Mar 2022 15:39:51 +0000

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA attended an event at Killeavy Castle in Newry to celebrate the success of the Morne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership in delivering his country’s rural development ‘LEADER’ program ministry.

Minister Poots is pictured with (left to right) Councilor Cathy Mason, Chair of Newry, Morne and Down District Council and Councilor Roisin Mulgrew, Chair of the Morne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership.

A total of 76 projects in the Newry, Morne and Down District Council area have received funding, with 14 community facilities developed or upgraded and over 33,000 people benefiting from support under the renovation of facilities measure. towns.

Welcoming the success of the program during a speech at the event, Minister Poots said: “I would like to commend Rural Development Partnership members Morne, Gullion, and Lecale for their work in achieving Priority 6 of NI’s Rural Development ‘LEADER’ program. This program has provided investments worth £15 million in local rural areas, improving people’s lives by creating over 160 new jobs, supporting village renewal and improving infrastructure.

The Minister also referred to his recent statement to the NI Assembly regarding Northern Ireland’s first-ever rural policy framework, saying: “I want to create a new scheme in the future which will be entirely tailored to our own unique circumstances in Northern Ireland. The framework will see a new rural business and community investment program that will span the next 7 years and support my department’s vision of placing sustainability at the heart of a living, active and active landscape enjoyed by all. It will also demonstrate our continued commitment to ensuring that rural communities thrive and prosper through our continued support and investment in initiatives that will make a tangible difference for those who live and work in rural areas.

MGL Chairman Roisin Mulgrew said: “The implementation of this scheme has brought significant benefits to the rural residents of Newry, Morne and Down and is a testament to the dedication of the local action group. Members’ knowledge has supported high-quality projects, which have had a positive impact on the lives of people in rural areas. »

Councilor Cathy Mason, Chairperson of Newry, Morne and Down District Council, said: “Newry, Morne and Down District Council’s partnership with the Local Action Group and DAERA has been extremely successful in bringing implementation of this program. The positive impacts have ensured a strong rural economy, providing residents with access to high quality community facilities, towns and villages they can be proud to call home.

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  1. The Morne, Gullion and Lecale (MGL) Rural Development Partnership has successfully implemented Priority 6 of the NI Rural Development Program 2014-2020 in the Newry, Morne and Down District Council area.
  2. Support was provided through four funding streams, namely investment in rural enterprises; Basic rural services; Village Renewal and Co-Operation, and the support has resulted in over £15m of investment in the council area.
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Column: Brighter days ahead for South Carolina’s rural economy Fri, 11 Mar 2022 11:01:49 +0000

Having spent most of my life in and around rural communities, I know firsthand the challenges of rural growth. My parents, who were both educators, left their school every day to come home to take care of our small family farm, because they loved the land; and they understood the importance of planting and watering the land to ensure that it produced good crops. Because of these early experiences and the parents who shaped the call to service, I have never forgotten my rural roots and have dedicated my life’s work to the betterment of rural communities using any platform that I had to raise the voice of all those who live in rural areas. In my current role as State Director of Rural Development for SC for just over 6 months, I am confident that our best days are indeed ahead of us as we renew our commitment to improving the rural economy and the quality of global life in our rural areas. communities.

Earlier last week, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country has been and where we are going.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as the success of rural America goes, so does the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural South Carolina over the past year bodes well for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

For example:

– Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority received 19 loans totaling more than $66 million and nine grants totaling more than $20 million. The Water and Sewer Authority’s most recent project is Phase II of the Holley Ferry/Spann Road water improvements. For this project, the Water and Sewer Authority will receive a $15.4 million loan and $2.5 million Water and Environment Programs (WEP) grant to position a network of water pipes in the densely populated eastern part of Saluda County. The Holley Ferry Phase II project will allow a significant expansion of the residential clientele. It is conservatively estimated that 300 additional households will benefit. However, there are over 700 homes along the proposed waterlines, so there could be a lot more listings. Considering that SCWSA has approximately 1,300 residential customers, this represents a significant increase in customer numbers. Additionally, this project has the potential to provide water connections to nearby towns. This could transform SCWSA from a local water supplier to a regional supplier.

– Orangeburg County received two loans totaling $3.6 million and two grants totaling $2.3 million for water projects. In addition, the county received four loans totaling $10.5 million and four grants totaling $8.1 million for sewer projects. Most recently, Orangeburg County’s Goodbys Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and Improvements received a $6.7 million WEP loan and a $1.9 million WEP grant. This project provided needed wastewater treatment to the rural town and areas of Orangeburg County. The county proposed to build a sewage treatment plant that would provide sewer service to residential areas and commercial users along US 301, in the City of Santee, Matthews Industrial Park, and Jafza Industries.

Through the Secured Food Supply Chain Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diverse and sure. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural South Carolina stays right here in South Carolina.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes — so that every child — and every American — have clean water to drink at home and at school, and to provide affordable high-speed Internet for every American – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural South Carolina.

Saundra Glover is the USDA’s director of rural development in South Carolina.

]]> Modi urges lenders to support rural economy and emerging businesses Tue, 08 Mar 2022 09:17:07 +0000

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged lenders to finance businesses in rural centers and projects aligned with national priorities such as net zero emissions, building health infrastructure, developing space industry , exports and startups.

In a virtual event on ‘Financing for growth and the ambitious economy‘ which focused on the implementation of the Union’s FY23 budget proposals, Modi outlined sectors that could boost the economy and help Indian businesses become global leaders, provided funding is provided. are available.

Modi said natural and organic farming, beekeeping, warehousing, food processing and agricultural logistics are areas of the rural economy that need support from financial institutions. The Prime Minister also said that with the right support, these sectors and others could produce champions who could find a place among the top three players in the world.

Modi’s call for financial institutions to support these emerging areas, including startups, exporters and sustainable infrastructure projects, signals the government’s eagerness to get the pandemic-battered economy back on track and to add much-needed jobs and livelihoods.

The role of financial institutions is key to achieving self-reliance, Modi said, referring to his government’s focus on creating infrastructure and developing the country’s most backward districts. In the eastern part of the country, endowed with natural resources, many improvements in economic development and infrastructure creation are possible, Modi said, stressing the need for project funding. Whether fintech or agri-tech, the pillars of Industry 4.0 must be prioritized, he said in a speech delivered in Hindi.

“Can we identify eight to ten of these sectors and make efforts on them, can’t India be among the top three in these sectors? This can be done in partnership with the private sector. Can’t there be construction companies in India among the top three in the world? In the number of start-ups, we are progressing. But in terms of quality, uniqueness and technology base, can our start-ups make it into the top three?” said Modi.

Modi said the government has opened up the drone, space and geospatial sectors. “It’s a game changer. Can’t we dream of being among the top three in these sectors? Can’t our institutions help them in this endeavor?”

For all of this to happen, it is very important that businesses coming into these sectors are proactively supported by financial institutions, the Prime Minister said, adding that financial institutions need to develop a deep understanding and capacity to respond to the requirements of these sectors. .

Modi urged financial institutions to bring their products to villages across the country while the government rolls out a fiber optic network and brings broadband to rural centers. He said banks need to prioritize them in their financial planning.

“Global warming is also a big problem. We have maintained the goal of net zero emissions by 2070. Work has begun in this direction. It is important to give impetus to environmentally friendly projects. Green finance is the need of the hour,” Modi said. He said building disaster-resilient infrastructure was an example of such projects.

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Beginning of the two-day national seminar on rural economy organized by USTM and NABARD Fri, 04 Mar 2022 13:20:51 +0000

Guwahati, March 4: A two-day national seminar on “Sustainable Agribusiness Opportunities and Management Practices for Rural Economy Development” kicked off today at the NKC Auditorium of the University of Meghalaya Science and Technology (USTM). The seminar was organized by the Department of Business Administration, USTM in collaboration with NABARD, according to a USTM press release.

Addressing the inaugural session, Professor RM Pant, Vice Chancellor of the University of Assam, said: “About 65.07% of Indians live in villages. But sustaining the development of the rural sector has been a big challenge. Farmers have been marginalized. However, the development of rural India is a priority of the Indian government.

N Guite, Managing Director, NABARD, Shillong said NABARD is privileged to be part of the seminar. “We have organic products in the Northeast, but we don’t have the volume and the links to the market. There are many missing links. The research should focus on a solid extension mechanism from the ground to the laboratory, a hands-on approach,” she added.

Professor Rinalini Pathak Kakoty, Head of Department of Business Administration, Gauhati University, said that in the agricultural sector, the focus should now be on the food processing industry and the focus should be put on added value. She said it is important to integrate rural management programs with business management.

The inaugural session of the seminar was also addressed by Prof. GD Sharma, Vice Chancellor, USTM, Prof. Amit Kumar Singh, Department of Rural Management, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow.

There are five sessions in the seminar which will be chaired by Prof. Amit Kumar Singh from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Dr. Tridib R Sarma from Tezpur University, Prof. Phanindra Goyari, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad, Subhas Bhattacharjee, Head- NE Region, Oil Palm and Prof. P. Paramashivaiah, Department of Business Studies and Research, University of Tumkur.

Seminar participants include: academics, researchers, industry practitioners and students. More than 200 participants registered for the seminar. The sub-themes of the seminar are: Innovative Agribusiness and Food Processing, Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Science and Technology in Business and Technology. agriculture, micro-enterprises, sustainable agro-industrial practices, etc. be considered for publication in reputable international and national journals and book chapters with ISBN.

James Maroney: Lawmaker is still captured by farming fantasy Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:10:00 +0000

This commentary is from Leicester resident James H. Maroney Jr.

The Legislative Assembly is considering a bill to strengthen the Right to Farm Act, the intention of which was to protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits brought by neighbors who object to noise and /or pollution generated during the vital work of the farm – that is, producing our food.

But Vermont agriculture does not produce “our food”. It produces barely 1% of the country’s milk supply and a tiny fraction of the national meat, vegetable, fruit and fiber supply.

The genesis of the law on the right to agriculture dates back to the middle of the 20andmentality of the last century that saw agriculture as conservation. Installed in this mindset, the legislature enacted dozens of laws designed to keep farmers on their land by exempting them from sales and property taxes, labor laws, and nuisance liability.

It looks good! Except that farmers used the savings to pay for new capacity, sending more milk to already saturated markets and more poison into the already polluted lake and atmosphere. These laws have never been reviewed, so they are still in effect.

The undeniable result is a severely polluted lake, an existentially polluted atmosphere and a dwindling dairy industry from 11,200 farms in 1945 to just 650 today, an attrition of 94%. Clearly, allocating taxpayers’ money to programs designed solely in their face to “save agriculture and protect the lake” hasn’t succeeded either.

Yet the legislature is still captured by fantasy. The approximately $35 million in Bill 64 allocated to reducing the 45% contribution to lake pollution from “agriculture” is spent on projects such as planting trees, collecting old tires, cover cropping, wetland restoration – all great ideas. But they have nothing to do – in fact, they divert our attention – from preventing conventional farmers from importing toxic petroleum-based substances and applying them to their fields.

In January 2022, the Task Force to Revitalize Vermont Dairy released its report. The report does not mention the Global Warming Solutions Act, intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 26% by 2025, 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. These goals are not only mandatory, they are backed by the empowerment of ordinary citizens to sue the state if it fails to comply with them.

The Legislature secretly admits that it has been trying unsuccessfully for 60 years to reduce pollution of the lakes by conventional dairy products; he surely knows that the 2015 TMDL tasked conventional dairy with reducing his contribution by 66%, and he probably knows that in seven years, dairy only reached 11%. (Vermont spent $254 million from 2015 to 2021 to achieve a 38-ton phosphorus reduction in Lake Champlain. Not nothing, but just 16% of its 200-ton goal.)

The Governor’s Report on the Future of Agriculture in Vermont (February 2022), released a few weeks ago, is full of words such as robust, vibrant, strong, vital, dynamic, resilient, sustainable, high quality, innovative , profitable, and my favorite: Vermont agriculture is shifting to “climate-smart” practices to establish an “ever more symbiotic relationship with the environment.”

The ostensible purpose of this report was to exalt Vermont agriculture and lay out a plan for its future. But this report is not a plan; this is part of a misinformation campaign. The Vermont Agriculture Futures Report calls dairy “the backbone of our rural economy,” but in what economic skeleton can an operating loss of $1 to $6 on every quintal of milk produced be interpreted as its backbone? Why doesn’t the Legislative Assembly recognize the dismal results of its farm and lake pollution policies?

There is only one mention of pollution, dishonestly listed as one of many “long-term threats to the state’s natural and working lands” – that is, not some something Vermont agriculture contributes to, but something Vermont agriculture works hard to protect us from.

There is only one mention of organic in a case study to illustrate how “logistical and infrastructural barriers prevented farmers from increasing sales in the North East”.

Notably, there is no mention of the Global Warming Solutions Act, nor of fossil fuels, nor of conventional agriculture’s substantial reliance on products made from them. Even more surprisingly, this report is signed not only by the Secretary of Agriculture, but also by the Secretary of Commerce and Community Development.

Why doesn’t the Legislature ask the Secretary of Agriculture to explain why he thinks the taxpayers are paying him and his staff to gaslight them?

]]> Jharkhand government making efforts to boost rural economy: Hemant Thu, 03 Mar 2022 12:14:00 +0000

Jharkhand government making efforts to boost rural economy: Hemant

Ranchi, March 3 (UNI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on Thursday that the state government was taking continuous steps to boost the rural economy and create self-employment jobs. In a meeting with the Chairman of NABARD, Dr. GR Chintala, he had a detailed discussion on the issue of banks providing loans to people from the poor community as well as farmers and priority needs. The Chief Minister said that there are huge opportunities in Jharkhand’s agriculture sector and NABARD should take the initiative so that maximum people can avail the benefits of KCC cards. He said that since the farmers here have no financial support, therefore they do not become economically strong despite their involvement in agriculture and other related activities. He said that NABARD has an important role to play in the development of the state. The Chief Minister said he wanted the benefits of the programs run by the organization to reach the last person in the society. He said the organization should also extend its support to farmers in marketing their products. Soren also advocated for the need to provide more loans for strengthening rural infrastructure and economic development in Jharkhand. NABARD President GR Chintala made suggestions for changes to the cooperative structure and sought the active support of the government. He highlighted the need to improve the basic infrastructure of cold chains and the distribution network so that farmers can get a better price for their products. The president suggested that as a multi-purpose center, Pax’s business can be boosted by leveraging cheap funds. He also discussed ways to increase the income of farmers through multiple cropping and encouragement of cultivation of pulses and assured all possible assistance to the government in the development of Jharkhand. Chief Secretary Sukhdeo Singh and others were present at the meeting. UNI AK BM

“Social programs to boost the rural economy” Tue, 01 Mar 2022 18:34:41 +0000

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Tuesday that social welfare schemes launched in the state were aimed at giving a boost to the rural economy.

Addressing a public rally in Thakurain Tola in his home constituency of Patan, he said his government’s main objective was to strengthen the people economically.

“Our welfare systems have come to be known as the ‘Chhattisgarh model’ and our aim is to protect the interests of all sections of society,” he said.

Not only farmers benefit from this model, but women, youth and businesses also benefit, he said.

Baghel also performed the Bhoomipujan of ‘Lakshman Jhula’, which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 19.40 crore.

The 225-meter-long Lakshman Jhula will facilitate the pilgrimage of Lord Shiva for devotees at Thakurain Tola, a key religious place in Patan for devotees of Lord Shiva.

A large crowd gathers here on the occasion of “Sawan Somwar”.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated and completed the infrastructural “Bhoomipujan” worth Rs 6 Crore to provide health facilities in Patan Block.

He inaugurated an oxygen gas plant at Patan Community Health Center and executed Bhoomipujan from staff quarters.

Upgrading must do more to embrace the potential of agriculture and the rural economy – Anne McIntosh Tue, 01 Mar 2022 11:39:00 +0000
To what extent has agriculture been overlooked by the Leveling Up white paper? Former Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh pops the question.

For sharecroppers, common land and pastoralist rights are particularly vexing and seem to fall into the ‘too difficult to manage’ box of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

In the opinion of the Tenant Farmers Association, it is vitally important that tenant farmers have equal access to all new financial assistance programs developed by Defra, including those introduced under the management program land environment.

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Likewise, we want to prevent agricultural tenants from losing access to the land because their owners wish to take it back either to join government-funded programs or to participate in private biodiversity net gain programs, carbon sequestration or other ecosystem services.

Baorness McIntosh of Pickering is a Conservative peer and former MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey.

We need to hear how Defra plans to bring together its various plans developed in silos into a coherent whole.

Meanwhile, the National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for a clear vision for UK farming to overcome the labour, trade and funding challenges facing the industry.

As Environment Secretary George Eustice announced more funding for farmers, including plans for a financial support program for pig, sheep and poultry farmers, the NFU highlighted the consequences of the shortage of butchers, which left the farms overflowing with piglets and this led to a massive slaughter.

The current backlog of pigs on farms is estimated at at least 200,000 and at least 35,000 animals have been destroyed. This sad situation is believed to be due to a shortage of slaughterhouse workers due to labor supply caused by both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Should the Leveling Up white paper pay more attention to rural issues?

Wage rises for fruit and vegetable growers are likely to risk food inflation and bankrupt UK growers, according to the NFU which is urging Defra to address the issue.

The NFU wants the government to invest in UK agriculture to sell more local food in the UK and help farmers export it; to ensure farmers can get a fair deal with supermarkets, reform immigration policy to allow more seasonal farm workers, and reform farm subsidies to encourage food production while meeting environmental goals.

In the 332 pages of the government’s recent White Paper on leveling up, there are only 39 references to rural issues, suggesting a huge missed opportunity from a rural perspective.

The commitment to full fiber and 4G connectivity is there but pushed back from 2025 to 2030. Nearly half a million homes and about 125,000 businesses in rural areas have poor or slow broadband.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) urges the government to keep this priority on the agenda, as no modern business can function without the internet.

People in Yorkshire just want a good job and an affordable home, but both can be hard to come by in rural areas. They were counting on the government’s race to the top program to recognize the potential of the rural economy. But as far as we can tell, those developing the concept of “upgrading” have never even tried it.

The rural economy is 18% less productive than the national average. Closing this gap could add up to £43bn to the national economy. Too often the government treats the countryside like a museum, erring on the side of lack of development and low investment.

Aside from government, CLA encourages local business partnerships to help find solutions to the pressing realities experienced in rural areas.

In Yorkshire, the CLA is working with agricultural and rural organizations as part of the Grow Yorkshire initiative and there is an urgent need for the government to make the necessary changes to agricultural tenancy agreements to allow tenants to benefit from environmental schemes for the good public as we leave basic farm payments and stewardship programs.

The issue of slaughterhouse workers and wider employment issues also need to be addressed, as well as unfair competition. In the interests of self-sufficiency and food security, we must have a safe, sustainable and affordable supply of home-grown food. That remains the goal.

Baorness McIntosh of Pickering is a Conservative peer and former MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey.

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Rural economy holds huge potential for economic growth: Giriraj Singh Thu, 24 Feb 2022 16:25:13 +0000

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)