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existence for more than 10 years in Andhra Pradesh, and we have experience of the functioning of the pan- chayat samithis and zilla parishads too. Among the rural population in general, and in particular among the politically- oriented local leadership, this experience has infused a new feel for influence and power. It may be that thus power and influence has often been uti- lined primarily for personal ascendancy by some individuals, or for political advantage by political parties, and that it has only secondarily served the interests of the rural population, or the development of the rural economy, or the social uplift of the disadvantaged sections. Yet panchayati raj has become very much the rural establishment. The experiment by the State Government to transfer economic development functions to bodies dominated by official elements, on the ground that panchayati raj bodies had been ineffective instruments for achieving this objective, had to be given up after a brief trial because of strong opposition from the elected panchayati raj functionaries.

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