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Tyranny of MGNREGA’s Monitoring System

The management information system of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 was hailed as a pioneering tool for enhancing transparency and accountability. However, it is now being used with impunity to centralise the programme and violate workers’ legal entitlements, causing frequent disruptions on the ground and opening new avenues for corruption in the programme.

Karnataka: Strengthening Gram Panchayat

Last month the Karnataka assembly passed a bill introducing farreaching amendments to the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act. These amendments will enable the gram sabha to exercise greater control over the gram panchayat and the developmental work in the area.

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.

Bihar

The panchayat elections, held after 20 years and a long court battle, may not immediately make a difference to the quality or nature of governance in the rural areas of the state. But in the interim there has been a change in the way people perceive developmental issues and most importantly, for the first time, people will be able to directly confront those who hold power. This will pave the way for effective people-friendly governance.
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