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Gujarat places before India ‘Samras Gram Panchayat’ as a finer and more successful model of democracy

Concept of governance through consensus at grassroots level to change face of such villages in 5 years – Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Saturday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi distributed incentive prizes worth Rs.4.40-crore to 216 ‘samras gram panchayats’ of north Gujarat region and honoured the sarpanchs of those villages at a function at Kadi today. He has so far distributed prizes totaling Rs.55.62-crore to 2,123 such samras villages in the entire state.

Speaking at the function, he said that Gujarat now intends to place before India the ‘Samras Gram Panchayat’ concept of ‘governance through consensus’ instead of conflict as a finer and more successful model of democracy at the grassroots level.

When the entire village reposes confidence on the unanimously elected panchayat, he said that elected body has been found to be functioning with greater zeal. He congratulated the people opting for such a novel method of self-governance. He exuded confidence this successful model would change the face of such villages in five years. One has to just visualize how it would look like with no place for bickering in villages.

Referring to the opposition parties’ criticizing the ‘samras gram’ concept as ‘murder of democracy’, Mr. Modi said that when India elects its President unanimously it is dubbed as the victory of democracy but when a village elects its entire panchayat unanimously in Gujarat the opposition finds it murder.

Interestingly, he said, it doesn’t cost any extra money but just change in the leadership style. Moreover, he said, the responsibility has been bestowed on all-women samras gram panchayats in several villages. Women can take better care of general hygiene, clean toilets, school children’s education, nourishment, tree plantation and improved environment. They manage funds also better. Sakhi Mandals in several villages have also shown the way as to how to get rid of debts. Transparency would come naturally.

The Chief Minister regretted that although the Gujarat Government has passed a proposal for 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayats and local self-government bodies, but is waiting for the Governor’s assent for uncertain period.

Panchayat Minister Narottam Patel said that Gujarat is one state which has accorded priority to village development, long neglected during the Congress rule.

Mehsana Guardian and Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel said that Gujarat has adopted a model of all round development, down to the taluka and village level. The taluka level ‘Jan Seva Kendras’ have received 18 lakh applications during the last one year and has disposed off 17 lakh of them. The government has placed Rs.25 lakh funds with Prant Officer for small and sundry works.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Ministers Nitin Patel, Nitin Patel, Ramanlal Vora, Parbat Pal, MPs Natuji Thakor, Jayashriben Patel, Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC) Managing Director Mr. Singh.

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“Generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else”
“Poverty cannot be fought by making the poor more dependent on governments. Poverty can be fought when the poor start seeing governments as trusted partners”
“When power is used to empower the poor, they get the strength to fight poverty”
“The simplest and most successful way to mitigate climate change is to lead lifestyles that are in harmony with nature”
“Mahatma Gandhi is among the greatest environmentalists of the world. He led a zero carbon footprints lifestyle. In whatever he did, he put the welfare of our planet above everything else”
“Gandhi ji highlighted the doctrine of trusteeship, where we all are trustees of the planet with the duty of caring for it”
“India is the only G-20 nation that is on track with its Paris commitments”

Namaste!

It is a delight to address this young and energetic gathering. In front of me is a global family, with all the beautiful diversity of our planet.

The Global Citizen Movement uses music and creativity to bring the world together. Music, like sports, has an inherent ability to unite. The great Henry David Thoreau once said, and I quote: "When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am in-vulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest."

Music has a calming impact on our life. It calms the mind and the entire body. India is home to many musical traditions. In every state, in every region, there are many different styles of music. I invite you all to come to India and discover our musical vibrancy anddiversity.

Friends,

For almost two years now, humanity is battling a once in a lifetime global pandemic. Our shared experience of fighting the pandemic has taught us we are stronger and better when we are together. We saw glimpses of this collective spirit when our COVID-19 warriors, doctors, nurses, medical staff gave their best in fighting the pandemic. We saw this spirit in our scientists and innovators, who created new vaccines in record time. Generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else.

Friends,

In addition to COVID, other challenges remain. Among the most persistent of the challenges is poverty. Poverty cannot be fought by making the poor more dependent on governments. Poverty can be fought when the poor start seeing governments as trusted partners. Trusted partners who will give them the enabling infrastructure to forever break the vicious circle of poverty.

Friends,

When power is used to empower the poor, they get the strength to fight poverty. And therefore, our efforts include banking the unbanked, providing social security coverage to millions, giving free and quality healthcare to 500 million Indians. It would make you happy that about 30 million houses have been built for the homeless in our cities and villages. A house is not only about shelter. A roof over the head gives people dignity. Another mass movement taking place in India is to providedrinking water connection to every household.The Government is spending over a trillion dollars for next-generation infrastructure.For several months last year and now, free food grains have been provided to 800 millions of our citizens.These, and several other efforts will give strength to the fight against poverty.

Friends,

The threat of climate change is looming large before us.The world will have to accept that the any change in the global environment first begins with the self. The simplest and most successful way to mitigate climate change is to lead lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.

The great Mahatma Gandhi is widely known for his thoughts on peace and non-violence. But, do you know that he is also among the greatest environmentalists of the world. He led a zero carbon footprints lifestyle. In whatever he did, he put the welfare of our planet above everything else.He highlighted the doctrine of trusteeship, where we all are trustees of the planet with the duty of caring for it.

Today, India is the only G-20 nation that is on track with its Paris commitments. India is also proud to have brought the world together under the banner of the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

Friends,

We believe in the development of India for the development of humankind.I want to conclude by quoting the Rig Veda, which is perhaps one of the world's oldest scriptures.Its verses are still the golden standard in nurturing global citizens.

The Rig Veda says:

संगच्छध्वंसंवदध्वंसंवोमनांसिजानताम्

देवाभागंयथापूर्वेसञ्जानानाउपासते||

समानोमन्त्रःसमितिःसमानीसमानंमनःसहचित्तमेषाम्।

समानंमन्त्रम्अभिमन्त्रयेवःसमानेनवोहविषाजुहोमि।।

समानीवआकूति: समानाहृदयानिव: |

समानमस्तुवोमनोयथाव: सुसहासति||

It means:

Let us move forward together, speaking in one voice;

Let our minds be in agreement and let us share what we have, like the Gods share with each other.

Let us have a shared purpose and shared minds. Let us pray for such unity.

Let us have shared intentions and aspirations that unify us all.

Friends,

what can be a better manifesto for a global citizen than this?May we keep working together

for a kind, just and inclusive planet.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Namaste.