Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the distribution of e-property cards under the SWAMITVA scheme on National Panchayati Raj Day through video conferencing.
4.09 lakh property owners were given their e-property cards on this occasion, which will also mark the rolling out of the SVAMITVA scheme for implementation across the country. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also attended the event.
PM conferred the National Panchayat Awards 2021 on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj day. The National Panchayat Awards 2021 are being conferred under the following categories: Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (to 224 Panchayats), Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (to 30 Gram Panchayats), Gram Panchayat Development Plan Award (to 29 Gram Panchayats), Child-friendly Gram Panchayat Award (to 30 Gram Panchayats) and e-Panchayat Puraskar (to 12 States).
The PM transferred the award money (as Grants-in-Aid) through the click of a button, ranging from Rs.5 lakh to Rs.50 lakh. The funds will be transferred in real-time to the concerned Panchayats’ bank accounts.
The Prime Minister stated that Panchayati Raj Day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to rural India’s growth. He said that today is a day to recognize and appreciate the outstanding work of our Gram Panchayats.
He also praised the Panchayats for their role in managing COVID and providing local leadership in preventing the crisis by spreading knowledge. He emphasized the importance of keeping the pandemic out of rural India.
“Our effort is to make villages in modern India capable and self-reliant”, said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister asked the Panchayats to keep the wheel of development moving even in the face of challenges as the country approaches its 75th year of independence. He asked them to set targets for the growth of their village and to achieve them within a set time frame.
About SWAMITVA scheme
SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) was launched by the Prime Minister as a Central Sector Scheme to promote a socio-economically empowered and self-reliant rural India.
Using modern mapping and surveying methods, the Scheme has the ability to transform rural India. It paves the way for villagers to use their property as a financial asset to obtain loans and other financial benefits.
During the years 2021-2025, the scheme would cover approximately 6.62 million villages throughout the country.
The Scheme’s pilot phase took place in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and a few villages in Punjab and Rajasthan between 2020 and 2021.