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National Panchayati Raj Day or National Local Self Government Day

Published on April 24, 2020
Current Context: 24th April is observed as the National Panchayati Raj Day or the National Local Self Government Day by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
National Panchayati Raj Day or National Local Self Government Day
  • On this day, the Constitution of India recognized Panchayats as 'Institutions of self-government'. It marks the passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 with effect from 24 April 1993. As per the amendment, the states are empowered to carry out steps to organize village panchayats.
  • This year PM Modi interacted via a video conference with all the village sarpanchs across the country and addressed them with the mantra of - 'Do gaj doori' to define social distancing in simpler terms amid the battle against COVID-19 virus.
  • The Prime Minister launched the two initiatives on the occasion-(A) e-GramSwaraj Portal/ Mobile application: The portal will provide all the gram panchayats with one single interface to prepare and implement their gram panchayat development plan (GPDP).(B) Swamitva Scheme: It will provide an integrated property validation solution for rural India. The scheme is expected to boost the government's efforts to alleviate poverty in rural areas. Under the scheme, the inhabited land will be demarcated in rural areas by using the latest surveying methods such as drone technology with collaborated efforts of the Survey of India, State Panchayati Raj Department, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and State Revenue Department.

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  • Union Minister of Panchayati Raj: Narendra Singh Tomar


Q.1 When is National Panchayati Raj Day marked?
a. 22nd April
b. 23rd April
c. 24th April
d. 25th April

Q.2 Name the scheme launched by PM Modi on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day?
a. Swamitva Scheme
b. Panchayat Scheme
c. Gram Swaraj Scheme
d. Both a and b
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