A mega-event for strengthening Panchayati Raj institutions will be organised at Nagaur in Rajasthan this coming Saturday as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of Panchayati Raj. A special attraction of the programme will be a rendition of Jawaharlal Nehru’s recorded speech of 1959 in the town.

The programme, to be addressed by former Union Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on the birth anniversary of the country’s first Prime Minister, has been titled “Nagaur chalo: Nehru ka sapna saakaar karo” (March to Nagaur: Realise the dream of Nehru). Mr. Nehru had laid the foundation of Panchayati Raj in Nagaur on October 2, 1959.

According to an official release here, the event will be organised jointly by Urmul Khejri Sansthan, Association of Local Governance of India, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, and the Nagaur Zila Parishad. Over 2,000 participants, including elected representatives of panchayats and social activists, will gather at the Zila Parishad on November 14 morning and march to the huge ground with the “Nehru pulpit”, from where Mr. Nehru had delivered his historic speech 50 years ago.

The release said a memorandum with the demand for ensuring people’s active role in local self-governance will be debated and passed at the meeting and a plan of action formulated for strengthening the Panchayati Raj institutions.

The first Zila Pramukh of Nagaur, the late Likhma Ram, Zila Parishad member Rameshwari Bagriya, Sarpanch of Gogelao village Sita Devi Kankria, and former Jayal panchayati samiti member Manju Meghwal, who is now an MLA, will be honoured on the occasion.