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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will initiate and lay foundations for multiple development projects worth approximately Rs 20,000 crore at Jammu and Kashmir’s Jammu and Kashmir.

Modi will arrive in Samba to participate in the Panchayatraj Diwas at Palli Gram Panchayat.

This is the Prime Minister’s first visit to J&K after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.

Modi was in Jammu Saturday when Giriraj Singh, the Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, and Kapil Moreshwar Patel, MoS in the same ministry, reached out to Modi.

Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State at the Prime Minister’s Office is currently camping in Jammu to supervise and monitor arrangements for Prime Minister’s rally.

Lt. Regular meetings have been held by Governor Manoj Sinha to prepare for Modi’s historic trip to Palli Panchayat.

To establish all-weather connectivity between both regions of the Union Territory, the Banihal-Qazigund tunnel is one of the developmental projects that are being inaugurated.

The tunnel, which is 8.45 km long, will reduce the distance between Qazigund and Banihal by 16 Kms. It will also reduce travel time by approximately one and a quarter hours.

It’s a twin-tube tunnel with one tube for each direction. The tubes are connected by a cross passage at 500m for emergency evacuation and maintenance.

The Prime Minister will also lay down the foundation stones of three road packages for the Delhi-Amritsar–Katra Expressway. This expressway is more than Rs 7,500 crore in cost.

The Prime Minister is launching a new initiative, ‘Amrit Sarovar’, to revitalize 75 water bodies across the country.

Modi will, among other things, lay the foundation stone for Rattle-Kwar hydroelectric projects. An 850 MW facility on Chenab river, Kishtwar will cost Rs 5,300 crore. A 540MW Kwar hydroelectric project will be built in the same area at a cost exceeding Rs 4,500 crore.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate 100 centres to expand Jammu’s network of Jan Aushadi Kendras and make generic medicines affordable. These centres can be found in remote parts of the Union Territory.

Modi will also open a 500-KW solar power plant at Palli. This will make Palli the first Panchayat in the country to go carbon neutral.

During his visit, the ‘SVAMITVA” (survey and mapping using improvised technology within village areas) card will be handed to beneficiaries. They will be able to show villagers documentation of their property ownership so that they can receive financial benefits if needed.

Panchayats, who are the winners of awards from different categories, will also receive award money.

Modi will transfer a prize money amount of Rs 44.70crore, ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 50 lakh, to the account of 322 awardee Panchayats in 31 states/UTs of the country electronically during the Palli Gram Panchayat.

The e-Panchayat Puraskar award is given to those states that have made the most of Information Technology in monitoring Panchayats’ work.

The Central Government requested that all states/union territories confer plaques and awards on the National Panchayat Awards 2022 recipients. This was done by in-charge Ministers from the districts, Members (MPs), Members (MLAs), senior administrative officers, and other prominent personalities. They may also be asked to attend Gram Sabha in any Gram Panchayat.

National Panchayati Raj Day is an important event. It will also be a significant step towards increasing awareness and building momentum in India@2047, as well as building institutional, individual and operational capabilities to achieve the global SDGs agenda within local contexts by 2030.

Seventeen SDGs have been subsumed into nine broad themes. Gram Panchayats will adopt one or more of such themes as Sankalp in specially convened Gram Sabhas.

To commemorate National Panchayati Raj Day the Ministry of Panchayati Raj requested that all Gram Panchayats organize special Gram Sabha meetings throughout the country.

Every year, April 24th is celebrated by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to mark the Constitutional status of the Panchayati Raj system. This day offers an opportunity to have a direct conversation with Panchayat representatives across the country and recognize their achievements in order to empower them.

The National Panchayati Raj Day was established to raise awareness about Panchayats (and Gram Sabhas), the institutions of the local self -Governments for rural areas. On this day, the National Panchayat Awards will be presented to Panchayats who have performed well.

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