National Panchayat Awards

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  • National Panchayat Awards were given to the best-performing Panchayats by assessing their performance in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • These annual awards were first instituted in 2011.

Categories of National Panchayat Awards 2023

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, a mobile application of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
  • NIRNAY means National Initiative for Rural India to Navigate, InnovAte and Resolve PanchaYat decisions.
  • It is aimed at empowering rural communities during the National Conference.
  • It provides easy access to critical information discussed during a Gram Sabha.
  • It will be a game-changer for rural communities in India by acting as a means of verification of facts.
  • This would bring in more transparency and increase efficiency in the functioning of Panchayats, which play a vital role in decentralized participatory democracy.
  • It is a significant step towards realizing the vision of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ at the grassroots level.
  • It is expected to accelerate the pace of rural transformation to achieve the vision of Gram Swaraj laid down by Mahatma Gandhi.

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  • 20 April 2023:
    • The President of India recently presented the National Panchayat Awards and inaugurated the National Conference on Incentivization of Panchayats in New Delhi.


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