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National Panchayati Raj Day 2020: Date, history, importance and quotes

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The first National Panchayati Raj Day was celebrated in 2010. Since then, the National Panchayati Raj Day is celebrated on April 24 every year in India.

he Panchayat raj is the oldest system of local government. The word ‘Panchayat’ is an amalgamation of two words where ‘Panch’ means ‘five’ and ‘Ayat’ means ‘assembly’ and ‘Raj’ means ‘rule’.

Traditionally panchayats consisted of sensible and respected elders chosen and accepted by the local community. The leader of the panchayat was often called as the mukhiya, sarpanch or pradhan.

The job of these assemblies was to settle disputes between individuals and between villages. However, there were varying forms of such assemblies.

In 1992 a major change in the Panchayat system of India came in the form of the passage of the Panchayati Raj Act (73rd Amendment). The act came into existence with effect from April 24, 1993.

National Panchayati Raj Day 2020: Date

The first National Panchayati Raj Day was celebrated in 2010. Since then, the National Panchayati Raj Day is celebrated on April 24 every year in India.

The enactment of the 73rd amendment is applauded as a defining moment in history as it permits states to take steps to organize village panchayats and provide them with necessary powers and authority necessary to help them to function as units of self-government.

Every year on this National Panchayati Raj Day Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj organises National Conference and awards best performing Gram Panchayats with ‘The Panchayat Shashakatikaran Puraskar/Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar’.

But this year due to Coronavirus lockdown Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Gram Panchayats via video conferencing and will launch a unified e-GramSwaraj portal and a mobile app.

On this National Panchayati Raj Day 2020, here are two inspirational quotes by Mahatma Gandhi on Panchayat.

NATIONAL PANCHAYATI RAJ DAY 2020: INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES BY MAHATMA GANDHI

“When the panchayat raj is established, public opinion will do what violence can never do.” -Mahatma Gandhi‚Äč”The voice of the people may be said to be God’s voice, the voice of the Panchayat.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Traditionally, Panchayats have been given sufficient authority to function as institutions of self-governance and aid social justice.

Source: India Today

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