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Silent revolution taking place through Panchayats :PM

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New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) Stating that a silent revolution is taking place in the rural areas of the country through Panchayats, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed the confidence that Panchayati Raj woud catch up fast with the galloping economy of the country in the years to come.

"I have every confidence that the Panchayati Raj will truly bloom within the next few years so that even as our economy gallops forward, rural India sees the blossoming of the dream of Gram Swaraj that has inspired our leaders from Gandhiji to Rajivji,'' he said in his address at the convention of Panchayati Raj representatives here, organised by the Panchayati Raj Ministry.

Dr Singh said his Government had given special attention to the development and empowerment of Panchayati Raj. "There is a silent revolution that is taking place in our countryside --silent only because the media and urban political opinion are not giving adequate attention to it," he said, adding "it is the harbinger of new hope for the eradication of rural povery and the promotion of rural propsperity." The Prime Minister commended the Ministry of Panchayat Raj for being pro-active in promoting the idea of creating rural busines hubs on the lines of successful village industries model in China that has constituted the backbone of their rural economic miracles. He expressed happiness that 50 MOUs for establlishing Rural Business Hubs had been entered into between between business enterprises and Panchayats.

Dr Singh urged the National Rural Business Hubs Council to mobililse the business community to make their contribution in bridging the widening rural-urban divide and ensuring inclusinveness of the growth process.

"It is not till the output of village enterprises goes beyond the village "haat"and reaches out to the hyper market, will we see real signs of rural prosperity,he said.

Minister of Panchayati Raj Manishankar Aiyar said the function was organised for the release of the Mid term Review and Appriasal of the State of the Panchayats 2006, brought out by his Ministry, but it was postponed due to some reasons. Now the report would be released in Parliament during the ongoing session.

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