Palli in J&K becomes India’s first village of carbon neutral

PM inaugurates and lays the foundation stone of several development projects, at the celebrations of the National Panchayati Raj Day, in Jammu and Kashmir on April 24, 2022.

By Yogesh Sharma

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 500 KW solar energy plant in Palli village of Jammu and Kashmir and said India is embarking on a clean energy transition and projects like this will play an important role in achieving a carbon-free India by 2070.

Prime Minister also referred to India’s leadership on international environmental and climate change platforms (COP26 at Glasgow) and expressed pride in the strides that Palli Panchayat is making towards becoming first carbon neutral Panchayat.

 “Palli Panchayat is moving towards becoming the first Carbon Neutral Panchayat in the country. Today, I have also got an opportunity to interact with the people’s representatives of the villages of the country, in the village of Palli. Many congratulations to Jammu and Kashmir for this big achievement and development works”, he said.

Prime Minister was on a day visit in Jammu and Kashmir to inaugurate various development project of worth Rs. 20,000 crore, after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

Underling the change in the work system, in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the 500 KW solar plant that is being established in three weeks whereas earlier even the movement of file from Delhi used to take 2-3 weeks.

Modi said all houses of Palli Panchayat getting solar power is a perfect example of Gram Urja Swaraj and the changed way of working will take Jammu and Kashmir to new heights.

In all 1,500 solar panels put up in a total area of 6,408 square metres will provide clean electricity to 340 houses in the model panchayat under the central government’s ‘Gram Urja Swaraj’ programme.

Expressing grave concern to the degradation of ecologicsl system, PM Narendra Modi today said that pollution  particularly water and soil  are hazardous to human lives and it is the need of the hour to take initiatives to make the earth pollution free.

“Panchayats have the capacity to contribute significantly in this direction so that new responsibilities should be given and new modalities should be worked out in this regard vis a vis’ the Panchayat institutions of the country” he reiterated, while addressing Panchayat Gram Gahhas of the country on national Panchyat Diwas from Palli village of Jammu Kashmir. 

PM also stressed on the incorporation of the habit of waste management by segregating the wet and dry waste properly to every household. He said that one should learn the skill of converting Kachra I.e. waste to Kanchan i.e the gold.

He asked to explore how natural farming can be promoted at the level of Gram Panchayats, for these collective efforts are needed. Similarly, Gram Panchayats will play a major role in combating malnutrition with the help of ‘SabkaPrayas’.

“People on the ground have to be made aware about the initiative taken by the central government to save the country from malnutrition andanemia. Now the rice being given under the government schemes is being fortified”, he said.


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