• The Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj celebrating National Panchayat Awards Week from 17th – 21st April 2023 as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) 2.0 in the run-up to the National Panchayati Raj Day (24th April 2023).

About National Panchayat Awards:

  • The award was given to the best-performing Panchayats by assessing their performance in the attainment of SDGs.
  • These annual awards were first instituted in 2011.
  • The Awardee Panchayats under various categories of National Panchayat Awards–2023 namely,
    • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Satat Vikas Puraskar(DDUPSVP) for the performance under individual LSDG themes,
    • Nanaji Deshmukh Sarvottam Panchayat Satat Vikas Puraskar(NDSPSVP) for the aggregate performance under all 9 LSDG themes and green initiative-related Special Categories.
    • Gram Urja Swaraj Vishesh Panchayat Puraskar.
    • Carbon Neutral Vishesh Panchayat Puraskar.
  • During the event Union Minister of Rural Development launched the GS NIRNAY (National Initiative for Rural India to Navigate, InnovAte and Resolve PanchaYat decisions), a mobile application.
    • It will provide easy access to critical information discussed during a Gram Sabha; acting as a means of verification of facts where necessary or in case of queries that may arise regarding the resolutions undertaken during the Gram Sabha.
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