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

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Partyless Polls to Powerless Panchayats

increase in the overall expenditure, the amounts assigned to these areas in real terms would fall short of the requirements and hence the gap in the availability of these services would get widened. So is the case with financial and physical resources allocated for special employment programmes like the IRDP and the Jawahar Rojgar Yojana. These schemes are looked down upon with contempt by the bureaucracy and during the last four-five years, the funds allocated for them have been pitifully small The biased attitude of the government in this respect is evident from the fact that its immediate response to the high level of food-stocks with i t was to resort to their export and not think of using foodgrains for the creation of assets through special employment programmes.

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