A day ahead of launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationwide campaign on self-governance in villages, ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’ on the 125th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday released a song dedicated to the programme in Bhopal. Modi will inaugurate the 11-day campaign at Mhow in Indore district, the birth place of Ambedkar, on Thursday.
The campaign, which aims at creating awareness about welfare schemes of the Centre and Madhya Pradesh for rural community, will conclude on Panchayati Raj Day on April 24. In MP, it has been extended for 37 days till May 31.
“Prime Minister will inaugurate ambitious campaign at the birthplace of Ambedkar on April 14. The campaign will focus on strengthening panchayati raj, promote rural development, farmers’ welfare and livelihood of poor besides, spreading social harmony across villages,” said the chief minister while talking to reporters.
For first time, gram sabhas will decide its own development work, which was earlier decided by the state government, he said. “The gram sabha will see what is necessary for village and conduct physical verification of beneficiaries to help them get maximum benefit of wlfare schemes launched by the Centre and the state,” Chouhan said.
During his visit, Prime Minister Modi will address all gram sabhas of the country and the government has made arrangements all over the state, where villagers will gather to listen to the PM’s address.
Chouhan said a song dedicated to the mission has been prepared and launched. He also recited a few words of the song saying, “It creates more impact on rural population rather releasing circulars for implementing a programme.”
To a query, Chouhan denied rural campaigns are meant to dispel pro-corporate image. “Modi is down-to-earth and not pro-corporate. He is a world leader, who launched crop insurance, pro-poor policies like Mudra bank and several other schemes to uplift poor and downtrodden,” Chouhan said.