BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said coronavirus has taught India to become self-reliant and dealing with the pandemic has realigned the country’s focus on the urgent need for self sustenance.
Speaking to Panchayat members across the country via video conferencing on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day, Modi said it was the responsibility of every citizen to strengthen the Panchayat system and people should strive to make villages, district, states and eventually the country self-reliant.
“Coronavirus has brought new challenges before us which we had not even thought about. The pandemic has given us a new lesson, we have to become self reliant. We have to become self-reliant so that we are able to sustain ourselves. Our villages, district, states and country has to become self-sufficient. Our elders have always taught us to become self sufficient and now it has become the need of the hour,” said Modi.
Today’s discussion with Panchayat Sarpanchs was very insightful. They shared their strategies of fighting COVID-19. I salute all Sarpanchs for their hardwork and efforts in these extraordinary times. https://t.co/vXHQYPL7h6
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 24, 2020
Modi said the fight against coronavirus pandemic was being led by the villages of India which have given the slogan of social distancing. “The villages in India have given the mantra of – Do gaj doori – to define social distancing in simpler terms, to fight coronavirus pandemic,” Modi added.
Modi also launched the eGram Swaraj app and the Swamitva Yojana scheme during the video conference. He said the app will allow more “transparency in gram panchayats, record keeping will be simpler and completion of projects will also be swifter”. The Swamitva Yojaana scheme will help map properties in villages via drones which would end disputes, he added. “Like cities, people in villages too will be able to easily take loans against their property which in turn can help them in achieving a lot,” Modi added.