New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that Jammu and Kashmir is the biggest example where democracy has been established at the ground level after 2019, following the abrogation of Article 370.Taking a swipe at the Congress, he pointed out that for more than four decades post-independence, there were no concerted efforts to fortify Panchayati Raj institutions across the nation.
Speaking at a regional Panchayati Raj council in Haryana, PM Modi stated, “For four decades after independence, the Congress did not understand that how necessary it is to implement the Panchayati Raj system in the villages. The district Panchayat system that was formed after this, it was left to its own fate during the Congress rule.”
“During the Congress regime, no concrete efforts were taken to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system. Maximum work remained limited to figures and documents. Jammu and Kashmir is the biggest example. In the year 2019, after the abrogation of Article 370 for the first time Gram panchayat and district level elections took place, in which over 33,000 local public representatives have been elected. For the first time, democracy got established there on ground level,” he said.
The Prime Minister further said that after 2014, the BJP government has worked a lot to strengthen Panchayati Raj and local Swaraj and for Panchayati Raj bodies, a provision of over Rs 2 lakh crore had been made which is three times in compression to the last government.
Furthermore, PM Modi urged party members to ensure that the benefits of the Panchayati Raj system reach even the most marginalised individuals within society.