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Covid-19 challenge bigger than last year, I need to stop it from reaching the villages: PM Narendra Modi

Modi said that villages should follow the guidelines issued by the government and people should also be vaccinated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that COVID-19’s challenge to the country is now greater than last year and called for efforts to ensure that the infectious disease does not reach villages “by all means”.

Speaking at a ceremony in Panchayati Raj Diwas during which Modi launched the distribution of electronic property cards under the ‘SWAMITVA’ scheme, he said the pandemic was prevented from affecting rural areas last year and exuded confidence that success can be achieved. replicated as the local leadership now has experience as well as knowledge.

Chief ministers from eight states participated in the event, held virtually, while a large number of representatives from local bodies also connected with the ceremony.

“I am confident that if someone is going to be victorious first in this fight against the coronavirus, then it will be the villages of India, the leadership of these villages … The people of the villages will show the way for the country and the world,” said the first -minister.

At the moment, the panchayat’s mantra should be “dawai bhi, kadai bhi” (medicine and also caution), he emphasized.

Modi said that villages should follow the guidelines issued by the government and people should also be vaccinated.

To help the poor obtain food, his government decided to provide them with free ration for May and June, noted the prime minister, adding that this would benefit more than 80 crore of people and cost the government Rs 26,000 cr.

Up to 4.09 lakh homeowners received their electronic property cards, which also marked the implementation of the SWAMITVA scheme for implementation across the country.

The Minister of the Union, Narendra Singh Tomar, participated in the event.

Modi also conferred the National Panchayat Awards 2021 on the occasion.

The 2021 National Panchayat Awards were given in the following categories – Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar for 224 panchayats, Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar for 30 gram panchayats, 29 grams Gramyat Panchayat Development Plan for Pats, pyats py for 30 Gram Panchayats and e-Panchayat Puraskar for 12 states.

The prime minister transferred the prize money, ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, as aid subsidies at the click of a button, the PMO said.

The amount will be transferred directly to the bank account of the panchayats involved in real time, the government said, adding that this is being done for the first time.

The SVAMITVA (Village Survey and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme was launched by the prime minister on April 24, 2020, as a central scheme to promote a rural India with socio-economic and self-sufficient power.

The scheme has the potential to transform rural India using modern technical mapping and survey tools. It paves the way for residents to use the property as a financial asset for loans and other financial benefits, a statement said.

The scheme will cover about 6.62 lakh villages across the country between 2021 and 2025, he said.

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