Panchayati Raj Day

Every year on April 24 National Panchayati Raj day is being observed across India. This year Minister of Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar commemorated “National Panchayati Raj Day” at Lucknow , Uttar Pradesh . Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Adityanath Yogi inaugurated the conference. This day marks the passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993. It had led a defining moment in the history of India which helped in decentralization of political power to the grassroots level. In turn it had led to institutionalization of Panchayati Raj through the village, Intermediate and District level Panchayats.

In 2010, first National Panchayati Raj Day which is also called National Local Self-Government day was celebrated. Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first National Panchayati Raj Day. He mentioned that if Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs) functioned properly and locals participated in the development process, the Maoist threat could be countered.

Every year on this day Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj organises National Conference to commemorate the National Panchayati Raj Diwas. Best performing Gram Panchayats are conferred with Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Purskar by the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj. National awards namely Deendayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar, Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar to be conferred upon Panchayati Raj Institutions and e-Panchayat Puraskars to State Governments.

The Kuther Gram Panchayat of Himachal Pradesh will also get this award for its best works. This Gram Panchayat was the first to become open defecation free (ODF) and was awarded sum of five lakh Rupees.

CM Yogi Adityanath, former CM of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot, Minister of Panchayati Raj shri Narendra Singh Tomar and many other leaders delivers wishes on social media.

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi has also saluted all the hardworking individuals serving people through Panchayati Raj institutions across India.