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Haryana: Capacity Building of Panchayats

The task of evolving a suitable future strategy for enhancing the capacity of elected representatives through training needs to be taken seriously. The concept of planning for economic and social development is at the core of panchayat activities and should be well enunciated. A second important focus should be in the area of mobilising local resources.

Haryana : Self-Employment Programme: A Stocktaking

A workshop conducted in Haryana focused on the problems in the implementation of the Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana, and through the participation of all the stakeholders in the scheme, succeeded in increasing awareness on issues such as credit delivery, involvement of panchayats and empowerment of women.

Empowerment at Grass Roots

Capacity Building for Local Leaders by G Palanithurai; Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2001; pp 144, Rs 225.

Uttaranchal : A People-Oriented Panchayati Raj Framework

Uttaranchal has a golden opportunity to frame its Panchayati Raj Act so as to reflect the letter and spirit of the Central Act, incorporating at the same time provisions keeping in view local socio-economic conditions. Suggestions for a people-friendly legal framework for panchayati raj.

Documenting Panchayat Raj

Status of Panchayati Raj in the States and Union Territories of India, General Editor George Mathew; Concept Publishing Company for Institute of Social Sciences, 2000; pp 516, Rs. 1000

Eighty-Seventh Amendment Bill

The 87th Amendment Bill, if enacted, will undo the objects and reasons of the 73rd Amendment Act that was meant to impart certainty, continuity and strength to the panchayati raj institutions. For the bill, although it is about the process of electing members and chairpersons, will sharply and adversely limit the stake of people in local government.

Decentralised Planning and Panchayati Raj

The report of the working group set up to review the status of decentralised planning in the state has made several recommendations to revive the planning progress at the grass roots levels for both rural and urban areas, which may well be applicable to other states as well.

Uttaranchal : Facing New Challenges

While the birth of Uttaranchal was the culmination of people’s long search for identity, their aspirations will truly come to light with the adoption of a decentralised model of governance – when decision-making powers devolve to the panchayats, accompanied by an adequate representation of women, and where employment generation activities focus on the new state’s own natural resources.

11th Finance Commission : Transforming Panchayats

The 11th Finance Commission's terms of reference included the responsibility to suggest measures to make panchayats functionally, financially and administratively viable institutions. To what extent will the recommendations of the Commission ensure that panchayats will function effectively as the third tier of government?

Uttar Pradesh : Panchayat Elections

The fact that the SP and BSP supported candidates won a large number of seats in the panchayat elections does not necessarily mean that they believe in decentralised government. After all, the two have done their best to delay processes facilitating such transfer of power to the people.

Panchayats in Fifth Scheduled Areas

The Extension Act, 1996 is an important piece of legislation, extending the provisions of grass roots self-governance of the 73rd Constitution amendment to the Fifth Scheduled Areas. Yet, most of the concerned states have been indifferent to the enactment of the Extension Act and devolution of powers and authority to the gram sabha and panchyats.

Panchayats in Election Manifestos-A Comparative Analysis

A Comparative Analysis Mahi Pal WITHIN two years, elections to the Lok Sabha were held in February. Prior to them in the media the stand of the political parties on issues relating to stability, corruption and secularism were projected through their manifestos. But what did these political, parties had to say on strengthening the panchayati raj system, which is the only instrument to enable the masses to participate in nation building from below by introducing accountability and transparency in governance? And what have these political parties done during the last 18 months or more in this area? It may be mentioned here that as a result of the 73rd constitutional amendment, about 34 lakh elected representatives of panchayats at all levels have been in position as members and chairpersons. This represents the broadest base at the grass roots in the world and cannot be ignored without hurting the nation's interests. Here, we attempt to compare the various election manifestos and evaluate critically how these parties have performed in creating viable and pulsating panchayats in the states where they were in power.


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