Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu (File Photo/PIB)
New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on April 11, 2022, called for devolving 3Fs—Funds, Functions, and Functionaries to empower rural local bodies for their holistic growth and to achieve national development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Inaugurating National Stakeholders Conference on ‘Localization of Sustainable Development Goals’ organized by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, he urged the Union Government and various States to facilitate the devolution of the 3Fs from Zilla Parishads to Panchayats.
The rural local bodies have to be revitalized and rejuvenated by strengthening and empowering them, he added.
The Vice President said the funds should directly go into their accounts and there should be no diversion, dilution, and deviation.
Similarly, every grant meant for people should directly go to the beneficiaries, he said.
VP Naidu said that given that nearly 70% of India is rural India (68.84% as per the 2011 census), attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national level will require actions at the grassroots of villages—that is at the Panchayat level.
Expressing his happiness that women constitute 46 percent of the 31.65 lakh elected representatives of the rural local bodies in the country, the Vice President said that adequate representation should be given in legislatures and other law-making bodies.
Referring to the critical role of Gram Sabhas in enabling direct participation of the people in local governance, Vice President Naidu said the legal framework on the number of Gram Sabhas to be held in a year is necessary and needs to be formulated.
VP Naidu commended the Ministry of Panchayati Raj for having introduced digital solutions like e-Gram Swaraj for smart and good governance in Panchayati Raj Institutions.
Observing that Panchayats have emerged as leaders, planners and policymakers at the grass-root level, he expressed confidence that the aggregation of their achievements will enable India to realize the national as well as global targets in the true spirit of the transition from ‘Local to Global’.
Addressing the conference, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh said that the country’s development is not possible without the development of Panchayats. He emphasized that there should be a master plan for all Panchayats and it should be prepared using the latest technology.
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat spoke about India’s achievement of open defecation free status in 2019. The Minister requested Panchayat representatives to strive for achieving complete sanitation and adoption of waste management practices. The Minister also said that the Ministry is aiming to provide clean drinking water to each household in the country by 2024.
Minister of State for Rural Development Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Panchayati Raj Kapil Moreshwar Patil, and other dignitaries were present. (Press Release)