PM Modi in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh: Previous govts did injustice to villages, BJP ended it

24 April, 2023 | Anupam Shrivastav

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PM Modi on Monday addressed a gathering on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Diwas where he slammed previous administrations.

PM Modi on Monday began his visit to Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district where he addressed Panchayati Raj Diwas celebrations. He lambasted the previous administrations since they “ignored and avoided spending money in the rural areas” and that Bharatiya Janata Party government ended “injustice” done to the villages

In the past, political parties, according to the Prime Minister indulged in, “dividing the people of the village” PM Modi further said “Earlier governments used to avoid spending money for the village‚Ķ so they were ignored. Many political parties were running their shops by dividing the people of the village. BJP has also ended this injustice being done to the villages. Our government has opened the coffers for the development of villages.

Prime Minister Modi went on to say that Panchayati Raj System of India was destroyed by the successive governments after Indian independence. “The system which existed hundreds of years, thousands of years ago, the same Panchayati Raj system was not trusted after independence. I always think, those people of Chhindwara whom you trusted for so long, why were they never serious about your development?…. The party that run the govt the most after independence broke the trust of those villages…”, he added.

PM Modi said that before 2014, only 6000 panchayat buildings were built, while during BJP rule in last eight years, more than 30,000 new panchayat buildings were constructed. “In the 10 years before 2014, around 6,000 panchayat buildings were built with the help of the central government. Only about 6,000 panchayat houses were built in the whole country. Within 8 years, our government has got more than 30,000 new panchayat buildings have been constructed,”¬†said PM Modi.

The Prime Minister praised the BJP’s efforts, stating that more than 2 lakh panchayats in the country have been connected to optical fibre. “The previous government had connected optical fibre to less than 70-gram panchayats. It is our government, which has taken optical fibre to more than 2 lakh panchayats in the country,” he said.

He stated that panchayats in India are emerging as the lifeblood of local development. “Since 2014, the country has taken up the cause of empowerment of its panchayats and the results are visible today. After 2014, the budget allocated for panchayats, which was earlier less than Rs 70,000 crores, has been increased to Rs 2 lakh crores. Today, panchayats of India are emerging as the lifeblood of the development of villages,” he said.

“Our government is constantly working to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system in the country. Whichever schemes the government has made to make life easier for rural India, our panchayats are realizing them on the ground with full dedication,” Prime Minister stated.

He also said that in order to achieve a developed India, every panchayat, institution, representative and citizens will need to unite. “This is possible only when the basic facilities reach 100 percent beneficiaries expeditiously, without any discrimination. We opened bank accounts of more than 40 crore people of the village by running the Jan Dhan Yojana. We increased the reach of banks to villages through India Post Payments Bank,” he added.

PM Modi launched several Schemes in Rewa

While launching the e-Gram Swaraj-GeM Integrated Portal, PM referred to it as an era of digital revolution as panchayats are now being made smart.

“The e-Gram Swaraj-GeM Integrated Portal has been launched today. This will make the process of procurement done through Panchayats simple and transparent,” he said.

PM Modi inaugurated and laid the groundwork for several railway projects totaling approximately Rs 2300 crore. In Madhya Pradesh, the projects include complete rail electrification, as well as numerous doubling, gauge change, and electrification projects.

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