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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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September 25, 2021
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Artefacts include cultural antiquities and figurines related to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism
Endeavour embodies continuous efforts by the Modi Government to bring back our antiquities & artefacts from across the world
Most of the items belong to the period of 11th CE to 14th CE as well as historic antiquities belonging to Before Common Era

157 artefacts & antiquities were handed over by the United States during Prime Minister Modi’s visit. PM conveyed his deep appreciation for the repatriation of antiquities to India by the United States. PM Modi & President Biden committed to strengthen their efforts to combat the theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects.

The list of 157 artefacts includes a diverse set to items ranging from the one and a half metre bas relief panel of Revanta in sandstone of the 10th CE to the 8.5cm tall, exquisite bronze Nataraja from the 12th CE. The items largely belong to the period of 11th CE to 14th CE as well as historic antiquities such as the copper anthropomorphic object of 2000 BC or the terracotta vase from the 2nd CE. Some 45 antiquities belong to the Before Common Era.

While half of the artifacts (71) are cultural, the other half consists of figurines which relate to Hinduism (60), Buddhism (16) and Jainism (9).

Their make spreads across metal, stone and terracotta. The bronze collection primarily contains ornate figurines of the well-known postures of Lakshmi Narayana, Buddha, Vishnu, Siva Parvathi and the 24 Jain Tirthankaras and the less common Kankalamurti, Brahmi and Nandikesa besides other unnamed deities and divine figures.

The motifs include religious sculptures from Hinduism (Three headed Brahma, Chariot Driving Surya, Vishnu and his Consorts, Siva as Dakshinamurti, Dancing Ganesha etc), Buddhism (Standing Buddha, Boddhisattva Majushri, Tara) and Jainism (Jain Tirthankara, Padmasana Tirthankara, Jaina Choubisi) as well as secular motifs (Amorphous couple in Samabhanga, Chowri Bearer, Female playing drum etc).

There are 56 terracotta pieces (Vase 2nd CE, Pair of Deer 12th CE, Bust of Female 14th CE) and an 18th CE sword with sheath with inscription mentioning Guru Hargovind Singh in Persian).

This continues the efforts by the Modi Government to bring back our antiquities & artefacts from across the world.