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Gram sabha meeting at Mendhalekha. Photo by Mendhalekha/ Wikimedia Commons

Tracing Panchayati Raj’s role in deepening democracy and decolonising governance over 30 years

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Constitution Amendments that led to the three-tier Panchayati Raj structures. The 73rd Amendment further led to legislation for its extension into tribal areas (Scheduled Areas) and the Forest Rights Act. Tracing the history of 30 years, the saga of decentralisation without democratisation is the story of hope to despair, writes C.R. Bijoy[Read More…]

by 27/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
30th National Panchayati Raj Day

30th National Panchayati Raj Day

Rural Decentralization is Crucial for Strengthening Grassroots Democracy and People-Centered Development. A Reminder to Resist Over-centralizing and Corporatization Trends Today the 30th National Panchayati Raj is being observed in India. On this day we remember the passing of the 73th constitutional amendment for panchayati raj and rural decentralization in 1992. Although panchayati raj existed earlier also but the system of[Read More…]

by 24/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Changes Needed in Panchayati Raj and Decentralized Administration

Changes Needed in Panchayati Raj and Decentralized Administration

India has established an elaborate three-tier system of decentralisation known as Panchayati Raj. This is in tune with the three tier administrative system of village panchayat, block and district level. However some changes in this system have been overdue.  Before making some important suggestions   this writer will like to clarify that no retrenchment or loss of job ( or even[Read More…]

by 22/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Just the Right Time to Bring Overdue Panchayati Raj Reforms

Just the Right Time to Bring Overdue Panchayati Raj Reforms

The widespread violence, threats and malpractices seen this month in the election first for district panchayat Presidents and then for block pramukhs in the panchayati raj ( PR , rural decentralization) elections in Uttar Pradesh should be an eye opener. This is a far cry from the vision of rural decentralization seen first by Mahatma Gandhi and his colleagues in[Read More…]

by 26/07/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Bihar: Devolution or Delegation?

Functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Bihar: Devolution or Delegation?

The upcoming panchayat election in Bihar is a good occasion to examine the broader issues faced by the Panchayati Raj Institution (“PRIs”) in Bihar. According to media reports, the State Election Commission of Bihar has started to prepare for the upcoming panchayat election in Bihar, and the poll process would commence from the end of August.[1] Preceded by a 23-year[Read More…]

by 17/07/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Tribute to Rajiv Gandhi: A Champion of ‘Panchayati Raj’

Tribute to Rajiv Gandhi: A Champion of ‘Panchayati Raj’

“We are on the threshold of a mighty revolution…it is a revolution that will bring democracy to the doorsteps of crores of Indians”, Rajiv Gandhi once said. To empower India’s people, especially the long-neglected masses in the rural villages, Rajiv Gandhi championed the cause of Panchayati Raj. It is one of the many reforms that would radically change the nation’s[Read More…]

by 19/08/2020 1 comment India