Prime minister Narendra Modi has launched a new eGramSwaraj portal for Panchayat Raj system in the country.
The portal has been launched along with Swamitva Scheme for the panchayat raj. According to the official statement, the portal is going to bring in transparency in the Indian panchayat system. At the same time, the scheme has been designed to end the property disputes, by mapping village properties through the use of drones.
According to the official website — “To strengthen e-Governance in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) across the country, Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) has launched eGramSwaraj, a user-friendly web-based portal. eGramSwaraj aims to bring in better transparency in the decentralised planning, progress reporting and work-based accounting.”
The portal and the app are a part of an initiative of the Ministry of Panchayat Raj. It aims to provide gram panchayats with a single interface to prepare and implement their gram panchayat development plan.
In a recent tweet, the news has been confirmed — “#eGramSwaraj is a step towards complete digitisation of villages and will maintain all records of all developmental activities of villages and will be accessible on mobile phones: PM Narendra Modi during a video conference with Sarpanches today.”
The initiative is a part of the Digital India program in the country and aims to promote e-governance of the Panchayats in villages. This way, villages will be able to work and govern and digitally, thus, bringing about digital literacy in the villages.
“Coronavirus has taught us that we have to be self-reliant because otherwise, we won’t be able to deal with such problems,” PM Modi said on the occasion of the Panchayati Raj Diwas. During his interaction with the village heads, the PM said, “Earlier we used to interact face-to-face, but we now are interacting with technology’s help due to coronavirus.”
The PM also saluted those living in villages and said, “Indians with their limited resources are not bowing to corona but facing it with resolve and determination.” “The coronavirus has shown that those living in villages have shown examples of their culture and traditional knowledge,” the PM said.