The Ministry of Panchayati Raj will be holding a day long National conference on the occasion of the 3rdNational Panchayati Raj Day at VigyanBhawan, New Delhi, on April 24. On the occasion, best performing Gram Panchayats would be conferred with” Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Purskar, 2012, while another 170 Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) comprising of three –tier Panchayats would be facilitated with Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar for their exemplary work under the Panchayat Empowerment Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS ).
During the conference, the five different groups of delegates would be
discussing the topics such as (i) Gram Sabha and People’s Participation,
(ii) Devolution of 3Fs i.e Funds, Functions and Functionaries (iii)
Issues related to Women (iv) Agriculture, Rural Development and
Livelihood and (v) Management of Forest Produce/Natural Resources.
Approximately 1500 delegates such as State Ministers for Panchayati Raj,
Senior officials from State Government Panchayati Raj Departments,
States elected representatives (ERs) from the three tiers of PRIs, the
national award winning Panchayats as well as representatives from
SCs/STs and Women would attend the National Conference.
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.