National Panchayat Day 2013 observed at capital
24 April, Gangtok : Panchayats should shoulder the responsibities given to them and work with utmost dedication and determination for the progress of poor people and always remain honest and earnest towards their duties.. The Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling stressed, speaking on the occasion of National Panchayat Day.
Rural Management and Development Department, Government of Sikkim organized a State Level Celebration of National Panchayat Day 2013 in the capital, in the function which underwent in the auditorium of Manan Kendra was attended by the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling as the Chief Guest.
The Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24th April, 1993 has institutionalized Panchayati Raj through the Village, Intermediate and District levels Panchayats. This date thus marks a defining moment in the history of decentralization of political power to the grassroots level. The impact of the 73rd Amendment in rural India is very visible as it has changed power equations irreversibly. Accordingly, the Government of India decided in consultation with the States to celebrate 24th April as National Panchayati Raj Day. Ministry of Panchayati Raj organises National Conference on 24th April every year to commemorate the National Panchayati Raj Diwas.
The day marks as a defining moment in the history of decentralization of political power. The Chief Minister Mr. Chamling while addressing a huge gathering of Panchayats from all the four districts appealed to them to have full fledged knowledge and study properly so that they have all the information and utilize it to push their respective areas in the path of progress.
He also appealed to the government officials to work with tandem with the Panchayats and extend them full cooperation for smooth functioning and vice versa.
Panchayats after the decentralization of powers by the government have become a potent lot and therefore they should work tirelessly keeping in the interest of the poor people first, being a elected member and the representative of the people they have a huge responsibility on their shoulder and they should always be ready to shoulder them, Mr. Chamling urged.
The cooperation of Panchayats is of utmost importance and therefore they should be very vigil about the activities going in their area and should keep all the records and data’s of their areas, the Chief Minister advised.
Panchayats play an important role in fulfilling the plans and policies of the government like literary mission, etc by taking an active interest and being aware about the kind of work that’s going on the field of education in their areas, Mr. Chamling was also very vocal about how a good proactive and knowledgeable Panchayat can change the face of the a ward, or a village with his or her innovative ideas, plans and policies.
Therefore he urged them to work with interest and innovation in mind and also conducting Gram Sabha at regular intervals in their areas.
The Beneficiaries schemes of the government should only go to the ones who richly deserve it so the Panchayats should be vocal and only advocate about the those people and families who dearly deserve and need the beneficiaries schemes of the government, He affirmed.
The Chief Minister Mr. Chamling was also felicitated and presented with a miniature statue of Lord Buddha by the department as a memento, during the occasion.
Earlier The Chief Minister also released two books on the occasion namely State Panchayats Act 1993 and Compendium Books.
The award for the best performing Gram Panchayats Units was also given on the occasion by the department. The Chief Minister awarded them with a cash prize of Rs One Lakh and Certificates.
From the North district Shipgyer GPU bagged the award while 38 Martam Nagitam, Sardu Radu Khandu GPU and 9 Temi GPU bagged the award for best performing GPU from East, West and South District respectively.
During the function the guests were also entertained by cultural shows by the Gram Panchayats Units of all four districts. Later the best performing troop was also awarded with cash prize by the Minister for RMDD Mr. C.B Karki.
Earlier the programme began with the welcome note by the Minister Mr. C.B Karki who highlighted on the history of Panchayati Raj system and also how under the present government led by Mr. Pawan Chamling the state has flourished and developed in all sectors and departments and developed overall.
Mr. D.R Nepal Secretary RMDD winded of the day long programme with his vote of thanks.