ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tapping Local Resources to Increase Panchayat Incomes

The performance of the panchayati raj institutions is often hit by a financial crunch. To overcome this crisis, one should accept that there is nothing unethical in making extensive use of service taxes/user charges or delivering civic and other developmental services to the poor. One such area which has a high tax potential and tax buoyancy and remains untapped by many states is common property resources. This paper discusses the different dimensions of such resources in our panchayats, their utilisation status, their extent, the hurdles and roadblocks in exploiting them, management and environmental concerns from different stakeholders' viewpoints, and it lists observations and recommendations of a blueprint for the future.
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