April 24: National Panchayati Raj Day

Every year, Indian Government celebrates April 24 as National Panchayati Raj Day. The day is also called National Local Self Government Day.


The National Panchayati Raj Day was first declared by the then PM Manmohan Singh in 2010. The day is being marked every year by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.


In the year 2020, on the eve of National Panchayati Raj Day, PM Modi launched the E-Gram Swaraj application and portal. Also, he launched the Swamitva scheme to integrate lands and reduce land disputes. The scheme was launched in 6 states. The portal and application were launched to develop the villages in the country.

Also, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj presented the following awards for the best performing Panchayats

  • E-Panchayat Puraskar
  • Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar
  • Gram Panchayat Development Plan Award
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar
  • Child friendly Gram Panchayat Award.

Why April 24?

The 73rd Constitutional Amendment came into effect on April 24. The amendment gave constitutional status to the Panchayati Raj System




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  • Dr.Cajetan Coelho

    Thus wrote Mahatma Gandhi: ““When the panchayat raj is established, public opinion will do what violence can never do.”