Samras Panchayats presented with cash awards worth Rs.5.56 Cr

The Chief Minister Narendra Modi felicitated 221 sarpanchs (village chiefs) of Samras village panchayats of seven districts of South Gujarat at a function held at International Exhibition and Convention Centre in the Diamond City of Surat today. Villages which elect their panchayat members through consensus instead of elections attain the status of ‘samras gram’.

221 Samras Village panchayats of Surat, Bharuch, Narmada, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and Dangs districts of South Gujarat, which were declared as Samras Panchayats in the last village Panchayat elections, that was held in December, 2011, were given away incentive cash awards worth Rs. 5.56 crore for the development of their respective villages by the Chief Minister.

Handing over the prizes the Chief Minister said that Gujarat has demonstrated a glittering example in Indian democracy in which the members of panchayat are selected unanimously without any bindings of law, even as a neck-cutting competition going on everywhere in the country.

Congratulating the sarpanchs and villagers the Chief Minister said that there are many works, which if undertaken in villages, will change the face of the villages. It requires leadership more than money.

It wonders entire world that our democracy has given 33% reservation to the women in panchayat and civic bodies. There are 290 such villages in Gujarat where men have willingly entrusted the administration of the village to the women, which is a matchless happening, he said.

Chief Minister called upon sarpanchs to actualize the dreams and expectations of villagers as the villagers have unanimously selected them to manage the administration of their village.

The government gives away assistance of lakhs of rupees to every village. Hence, for the sarpanchs and the villagers it is an opportunity to use it for creating a great atmosphere in the village by ensuring to keep the village clean, green and educated and to boost the rural economy by best practices of agriculture and animal husbandry.

“You will get blessings of mothers and daughters of your village if you care for constructing sanitation units in every house. This can only be made a success if all the leaders of the village unanimously agree to undertake this task”, he said.

The Chief Minister exhorted the gathering to go for organic farming to strike the double benefits of increased income and cleanliness. He also appealed villagers to free the pregnant mothers, infants and young girls from malnutrition.

The Chief Minister said if women join the activities of sakhi mandal in every village, it will change the face of rural economy. There are two and half lakh women in Gujarat who are involved in managing financial activities worth Rs.1600 crore through the network of sakhi mandal. More participation of women in this momentum will free the villages from the shackles of high-interest debts.

Mr. Modi appealed the sarpanchs to make use of broadband connectivity in solving the problems of village. He also asked them to encourage villagers to join Krishi Mahotsav.

Speaking about the ban imposed by the Central government on cotton export the Chief Minister said the Centre’s decision has ruined the farmers of Gujarat. This decision of the Centre has badly affected the output of cotton seed oil producing mills. The price of groundnut oil has gone high. The Centre’s inflation-causing policies has snatched the ‘life’ from the houses of the poor, he said.

Speaking on the occasion Minister of State Ranjit Gilitwala said the day of felicitating the samras panchayat and samras sarpanch will remain memorable for the south Gujarat.

Minister of State Ishwarsinh Patel, Parliamentary Secretary Harshadbhai Vasava, MPs Darshnaben Jardosh, Bharatsinh Parmar, C.R. Patil, MLAs Nanubhai Vanani, Kishorebhai Vankawala, Kirit Patel, Surat Collector A. J. Shah, Munuicipal Commissioner Manoj Kumar Das and DDO Remya Mohan were also present on the occasion.

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Srinagar Viksit Bharat Ambassadors Unite for 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Kashmir'
April 20, 2024

Srinagar hosted a momentous gathering under the banner of the Viksit Bharat Ambassador or VBA 2024. Held at the prestigious Radisson Collection, the event served as a unique platform, bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to foster the nation's collective advancement towards development.

Graced by the esteemed presence of Union Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri as the Chief Guest, the event saw the attendance of over 400 distinguished members of society, representing influencers, industry stalwarts, environmentalists, and young minds, including first-time voters. Presidents of Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Kashmir Industrial Corporation, House Boat Owners Association, and members of the writers' association were also present.

The VBA 2024 meetup began with an interesting panel discussion on Viksit Kashmir, which focused on the symbiotic relationship between industry growth and sustainable development. This was followed by an interactive session by Minister Puri, who engaged with the attendees through an engaging presentation. Another event highlight was the live doodle capture by a local artist of the discussions.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri discussed how India has changed in the last decade. He said India is on track to become one of the world's top three economies, surpassing Germany and Japan soon.


"The country is set to surpass Germany and Japan and will become the world's third-largest economy by 2027-28," he said.


According to official estimates, India's economy is projected to reach a remarkable $40 trillion by 2040. Presently, the economy stands at approximately $3.5 trillion.

He also stressed that India's progress is incomplete without a developed Kashmir.


"Bharat cannot be Viksit without a Viksit Kashmir," he said.

Hardeep Puri reflected on India's economic journey, noting that in the 1700s, India contributed a significant 25% to the global GDP. However, as experts documented, this figure gradually dwindled to a mere 2% by 1947.


He highlighted how India, once renowned as the 'sone ki chidiya' (golden bird), lost its economic strength during British colonial rule and continued to struggle even after gaining independence, remaining categorized under the 'Fragile Five' until 2014.


Puri emphasized that the true shift in India's economic trajectory commenced under the Modi government. Over the past decade, the nation has ascended from among the top 11 economies to ranking among the top 5 globally.

The Union Minister also encouraged everyone to participate in the Viksit Bharat 2047 mission, emphasizing that achieving this dream requires the active engagement and coordination of all "ambassadors" of change.

He highlighted India's rapid progress in metro network development, stating that the operational metro network spans approximately 950 kilometres. He expressed confidence that within the next 2-3 years, India's metro network will expand to become the second-largest globally, surpassing that of the United States.


Regarding Jammu and Kashmir, he mentioned that through the Smart project, over 68 projects totalling Rs 6,800 crores were conceptualized, with Rs 3,200 crores worth of projects already completed.


He further stated that Jammu and Kashmir possesses more potential than Switzerland but has faced setbacks due to man-made crises. He emphasized the Modi government's dedication to the comprehensive development of the region.

The minister highlighted a significant government policy shift from women-centred to women-led development. Drawing from his extensive experience as a diplomat spanning 39 years, he shared that when a country transitions to women-led development, there is typically a substantial GDP increase of 20-30%. 

He mentioned that the government is actively pursuing this objective, citing examples such as the Awas Yojana, where houses are registered in the names of women household members, and the implementation of 33% reservation for women in elected bodies as part of this broader mission. 

He also provided insight into the transformative impact of the Modi government's welfare policies on people's lives. He highlighted the Ujjwala Yojana, noting that 32 crore individuals have received LPG cylinders, a significant increase from the 14 crore connections in 2014. Additionally, he mentioned the expansion of the gas pipeline network, which has grown from 14,000 km to over 20,000 km over the past ten years.

The Vision of Viksit Bharat: 140 crore dreams, 1 purpose 

The Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement aims to encourage citizens to take responsibility for contributing to India's development. VBA meet-ups and events are being organized in various parts of the country to achieve this goal. These events provide a platform for participants to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and explore practical strategies for contributing to the movement.

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The NaMo App: Bridging the Gap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's app, the NaMo App, is a digital bridge that empowers citizens to participate in the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement. The NaMo App serves as a one-stop platform for individuals to:

Join the cause: Sign up and become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador and make 10 other people

Amplify Development Stories: Access updates, news, and resources related to the movement.

Create/Join Events: Create and discover local events, meet-ups, and volunteer opportunities.

Connect/Network: Find and interact with like-minded individuals who share the vision of a developed India.

The 'VBA Event' section in the 'Onground Tasks' tab of the 'Volunteer Module' of the NaMo App allows users to stay updated with the ongoing VBA events.