New Delhi: The Centre is keeping villages at the centre of all its policies and initiatives, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after
launching the distribution of e-property cards under the SWAMITVA scheme today on National Panchayati Raj Day through video conferencing.
“Our effort is that villages of modern India should be capable and self-reliant”, said the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister enumerated the steps for increasing the role of the Panchayats.
“The Panchayats are getting new rights, they are being connected by fiber-net. Their role in Jal Jeevan Mission to provide drinking water by tap to every household is very critical. Similarly, the movement to provide pukka village to every poor person or rural employment schemes are being run through Panchayats.”
The Prime Minister also talked about the growing financial autonomy of the Panchayats.
The PM said that the Government of India has allocated an unprecedented 2.25 lakh crore rupees to the Panchayats.
“This also leads to higher expectation of transparency in accounts. Panchayati Raj Ministry has made arrangements of online payment through ‘e-Gram Swaraj’. Now all payments will be through Public Finance Management System (PFMS). Similarly, online audit will ensure transparency.”
He added that many panchayats have linked themselves with PFMS and asked others to do so quickly.
Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended the event. Chief Ministers and Panchayati Raj Ministers of the concerned states were also present.
According to the PMO, 4.09 lakh property owners in more than 5 thousand villages were given their e-property cards on this occasion, which also marked the rolling out of the SVAMITVA scheme for implementation across the country.
The Prime Minister said that Panchayati Raj Day is an occasion to rededicate ourselves to the pledge of redevelopment of rural India.
This is a day to acknowledge and appreciate the extraordinary work of our Gram Panchayats, he said.
He appreciated the role of Panchayats in management of Corona and providing local leadership to stop Corona from entering the villages and spreading awareness.
We have to ensure that every person in the village is vaccinated and every precaution is taken, he added.
The Prime Minister stressed that it is our responsibility that in these difficult times, no family should go hungry.
He informed under Pradhanmantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojna every poor person will get free ration in the months of May and June.
“The Scheme will benefit 80 crore beneficiaries and centre is spending more than 26,000 crore on this scheme.”
The Prime Minister noted the impact of Swamitva Yojna in the 6 states where it was launched within just one year.
Under the scheme, the entire village properties are surveyed by drone and property card are distributed to the owners. The Scheme has infused a new confidence in the villages as property documents remove uncertainty and reduce the chances of property disputes while protecting the poor from exploitation and corruption. This eases credit possibility also.
“In a way, this scheme will ensure security of the poor section and planned development of villages and their economy”, said the Prime Minister.
He requested the States to sign MoU with Survey of India and change state laws wherever needed. He asked banks to ensure easy credit by preparing a format of property card that is easily acceptable for loan formalities.
SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) was launched by Prime Minister on April 24, 2020 as a Central Sector Scheme to promote a socio-economically empowered and self-reliant rural India.
The Scheme aims to cover around 6.62 Lakh villages of the entire country during 2021-2025.
The pilot phase of the Scheme was implemented during 2020–2021 in the States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and select villages of Punjab and Rajasthan. (PR)