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Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, interacted with the Sarpanchs from all across the country via video conference on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Day. Apart from interacting with the sarpanchs and getting an idea about the situation in each of the villages, PM Modi also launched e-Gram Swaraj portal and a mobile app.
All the Sarpanchs have been advised to share their opinions on the situation with PM Modi and will have to join the interaction at one of the Common Service Centre that is situated close to them.
PM Modi highlighted that this virus has taught every individual to become self-dependent which is why it is high time that the villages of the country become self-reliant on the things that they have around them.
He further highlighted the growth of the country saying that while only less than 100 village panchayats had broadband connection a few years back, today the same has crossed 1.25 gram panchayats all across the country.
The Common Service Centres have been opened up as well to help the villages fight the novel coronavirus. In order to make the villagers understand the concept of social distancing, PM Modi clarified that it is maintaining a distance of “do gaj door” among each other. This is expected to help them understanding this better.
Speaking about the challenges that the novel coronavirus had thrown at people, PM Modi said that it has posed India in a very crucial and critical situation but it has also made everyone learn new things that they otherwise wouldn’t.
The PM also lauded the kind of cooperation the entire country has shown, saying that it is the cumulative efforts on everyone’s part that is posing India as an example across the globe.
“The members of the Panchayati Raj system, who are fighting in a committed manner against this challenge like brave warriors act as a source of inspiration for the rest of us. This combined force is our strength in this fight. We will definitely defeat this pandemic by staying strong through our unity,” said PM Modi to Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh in a letter.
By Somapika Dutta