Shri Modi addresses Panchayati Raj convention at Mahatma Mandir

Event part of 50 years celebrations of Panchayati Raj.

CM stresses on use of technology, urges Talati Mantris to become computer literate for the growth of the state 

Shri Modi says Panchayat Mantris are Chief Secretaries of their village. Rs. 1000 per month allowance for them announced



Gandhinagar, Sunday: Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today announced a nine times increase in the special allowance of gram Panchayat Mantris from Rs.100 to Rs.900 per month as incentive to their duty plus Rs.100 per month cash allowance for maintaining accounts, besides conveyance allowance applicable to government Talati Mantris .

Addressing the valedictory function of the state-level workshop of gram Panchayat Mantris at Mahatma Mandir to mark the golden jubilee of Panchayat Raj in Gujarat, he said that it was for the first time in the history of Gujarat that Panchayat talati Mantris assembled at a state-level function. Earlier, he said, they contributed their share in bringing water and soil at the time of construction of Mahatma Mandir.

Mr. Modi said that working of the Panchayat Mantris have improved a lot, visible in the cleanliness of the villages. They made possible outsourcing of the job, too. He described 6-lakh pairs of hand of the employees as the strength of Gujarat Government. They contributed to 4,000 days political stability in the state.

He exhorted the Panchayat Mantris to take up the cause of water management in each village the way legendary Lakha Vanjhara had single-handedly built hundreds of ‘vavs’ (step wells) in the state.

Mr. Modi said that creating new districts and talukas, introducing the concept of Apno Taluko Vibrant Taluko (ATVT) and doubling the number of ‘prants’ from 55 to 110 for decentralization of administration, activated the neglected anganwadis and sakhi mandalis to generate a new wave of energy down to the village level. The government has launched EMPOWER project to make talati-mantries computer savvy, besides e-Gram, Vishwa Gram, SWAGAT online through broadband connectivity.

He described each Panchayat Mantri as the chief secretary of the village as they should provide able administration in their jurisdiction, in consultation with village elders and cooperation of all.

Mr. Modi suggested that Panchayat Mantris could celebrate January 26, May 1 and Diwali for which government could consider allocating some funds, too.

Shri Modi stressed on the importance of technology and said that it is now indispensible for human life. He cited different computer based development programmes and schemes of the Gujarat Government such as broadband connectivity, E-Seva and getting information through the Internet at village Panchayats.

Panchayat Minister Narottam Patel said that Panchayat Raj’s golden jubilee is like a Mahakumbha. He said that villages played a major role in the state’s march from swaraj (self-rule) to surajya (good governance) with gram panchayats being at the centre of activity. He said that Gujarat Government has spent Rs.34,000-crore in the all round development of villages in the state during the last four years through samras gam, paavan gam, teerth gam and other schemes.

Minister of State for Health Parbat Patel said that Gujarat Government has undertaken chiranjivi yojna, ma amritam yojna, 108 ambulance for better healthcare of the people.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Education Minister Ramanlal Vora, Ministers of State Jaysinh Chauhan and Mohanbhai Kundaria, Parliamentary Secretary Sundarsinh Chauhan, Deputy Whip Ambalal Rohit, MLAs, Chief Secretary A.K. Joti and Principal Panchayat Secretary R.M. Patel.

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PM chairs high level meeting to review preparedness to deal with Cyclone Jawad
December 02, 2021
PM directs officials to take all necessary measures to ensure safe evacuation of people
Ensure maintenance of all essential services and their quick restoration in case of disruption: PM
All concerned Ministries and Agencies working in synergy to proactively counter the impact of the cyclone
NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc; 33 teams on standby
Indian Coast Guard and Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations
Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army on standby for deployment
Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams on standby along the eastern coast

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries & concerned agencies to deal with the situation arising out of the likely formation of Cyclone Jawad.

Prime Minister directed officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and that they are restored immediately in the event of any disruption. He further directed them to ensure adequate storage of essential medicines & supplies and to plan for unhindered movement. He also directed for 24*7 functioning of control rooms.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that low pressure region in the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into Cyclone Jawad and is expected to reach coast of North Andhra Pradesh – Odisha around morning of Saturday 4th December 2021, with the wind speed ranging upto 100 kmph. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha & W.Bengal. IMD has been issuing regular bulletins with the latest forecast to all the concerned States.

Cabinet Secretary has reviewed the situation and preparedness with Chief Secretaries of all the Coastal States and Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned.

Ministry of Home Affairs is reviewing the situation 24*7 and is in touch with the State Governments/ UTs and the Central Agencies concerned. MHA has already released the first instalment of SDRF in advance to all States. NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc. in the States and has kept 33 teams on standby.

Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment. Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the coast. Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams are standby at locations along the eastern coast.

Ministry of Power has activated emergency response systems and is keeping in readiness transformers, DG sets and equipments etc. for immediate restoration of electricity. Ministry of Communications is keeping all the telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom network. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an advisory to the States/ UTs, likely to be affected, for health sector preparedness and response to COVID in affected areas.

Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways has taken measures to secure all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels. The states have also been asked to alert the industrial establishments such as Chemical & Petrochemical units near the coast.

NDRF is assisting the State agencies in their preparedness for evacuating people from the vulnerable locations and is also continuously holding community awareness campaigns on how to deal with the cyclonic situation.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, DG NDRF and DG IMD.