Active Gram Sabha’s are key to the Empowering of People and making the Panchayats Accountable- Vilasrao Deshmukh

Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh has reiterated that only the Active Gram Sabha’s are key to the Empowering of People and making the Panchayats Accountable. Speaking to media persons here today Shri Deshmukh said it is the Gram Sabha which is in actual terms a key to true self-governance and transparent & accountable functioning of the Gram Panchayats as it is the only forum that ensures direct and participative democracy. Moreover, it also offers equal opportunity to all citizens including the poor, the women and the marginalized to discuss and ceitisize, approve or reject the proposals of the Gram Panchayat (its executive) and also assess its performance.

The minister referred to the Tableaux of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj being displayed in this years Republic Day Parade and said that it showcase effective and meaningful functioning of G ram Sabha symbolising co-operation and harmony in the rural society under the benign guidance of the Gram Sabha. He said, we must go by the words of the father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi that “ My idea of village Swaraj is that it is a complete republic. The government of the village has all the authority and jurisdiction required. This Panchayat will be the legislature, Judiciary and the executive combined.”

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