Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while interacting with Sarpanchs from across the nation via video conferencing on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Diwas launched two programmes- an e-portal and a mobile application for the benefit of the Panchayat heads.
According to PM Modi, the eGramSwaraj portal will help simplify the work-based accounting for the Panchayat Raj institutions (PRIs) across the country adding transparency in the planning, progress, and accounting of each panchayat.
While interacting with the Panchayat heads PM Modi also remarked that during this nationwide health crisis owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, the biggest lesson that everyone had learned was of self-reliance. He emphasized, "We have been taught a lesson to not be dependent on the outside, to be self-reliant. We've been aware of this for a long time in India, but we've been reminded now, to be self-sufficient. Panchayats have a big role in this, stronger they are, stronger democracy will be."
India is approaching the last week of the extended Coronavirus lockdown, which by the end would have amounted to almost 40 days. The country has thus far identified just over 23,000 total cases, with 718 deaths so far, and just under 4800 recoveries.