We have to be self-reliant, we have to learn from the village: Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lauded rural gram panchayats for their active role in the fight against corona and in providing food grains to poor and migrant workers. He launched e-Gramswaraj portal and Swatitva project on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Day. Through video conferencing, he has exchanged views with village heads from all over the country. However, it was the coronavirus topic that dominated the speech. We have to be self-reliant, we have to learn from the village Narendra Modi.

He appreciated the role of the villagers in maintaining social distance. He claimed that Indians have faced various problems but they are determined to monitor the lockdown. “You used a simple word – keep a distance of two yards,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Modi had said that it was the villages that had “paved the way” for urban centers, whose demands lockdown would be difficult to deal with. “We have to be self-sufficient. Without it, we cannot face the same threat as the coronavirus. From villages to countries – we should be self-sufficient.

We should not seek help. This is to stay away from this coronavirus outbreak, ”Prime Minister Modi said to sarpanches across the country. He added that the meeting would be held in person under normal circumstances. However, in the changed situation, the government was forced to take the help of video conferencing to maintain social distance. Stressing on the importance of the newly launched e-Gramswaraj portal, Modi said all information, including approved funds and work progress, could be accessed through it in the coming days. “It will bring transparency to the system,” Modi said. Highlighting the importance of the ownership project, he said the use of drones would map all the properties in the village which would put an end to property disputes in the village. He claimed that it would also help in taking bank loans.

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