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Impact of Social Audit on the Performance of MGNREGS A Study in Tamilnadu and Karnataka

Governments are facing an ever growing demand for more accountable and socially responsible. The people are becoming more assertive about their rights to be informed and to influence governments...

MGNREGS Social Audit: A Primer

"Social Audit is a Scheme" it means auditing of a scheme by the active involvement of the primary stakeholders of the scheme. This report shows the pictorial presentation of Social Audit...

Social Audit Toolkit

The aim of the Social Audit Toolkit is to create awareness among the stake holders to understand the concept of social audit. It also provides guidance to the organisations in government, NGO, CBOs...

Devolution Devolution

Salient Features of the Constitution 73rd Amendment regarding Panchayat Raj System..

Three tier Structure – Gram Panchayat, Intermediate Panchayat and Zilla Parishad :
A three-tier structure provides uniformity in structure.
Panchayats at the village level,...

Panchayati Raj Institutions and issues in decentralized delivery of services - A Field Based Study

It has become obligation on the part of Panchayati Raj Instituttons to manage delivery of services in rural areas as constitutional mandatory. It is because 29 subjects, which are supposed to be...

Gram Swaraj Expenment in Direct Democracy

The state government has initiated a bold experiment in local self- government by amending the Panchayat Raj legislation to devolve powers to the village-level Gram Sabha. What does the new...

Decentralised Governance in Madhya Pradesh

The Madhya-Pradesh Panchayat Raj Adhinliyam, 1997 was enacted by the state assembly, delineating the powers and functions of Panchayati Raj institutions in scheduled areas. Four years on, this...

Local government and market intervention under decentralisation : a case study of vellanad gram panchayat, Kerala.

Recent debate on development thinking and practice have emphasised more on local level social development over the holistic general economic development of the national economy. The shift in...
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e-Governance e-Governance

PESA, Left-Wing Extremism and Governance: Concerns and Challenges in India’s Tribal Districts

This document is a report on functioning of PESA Act, 1996, which governs areas in nine states covered under the 5th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The report prepared by Institute of Rural...

Finance Finance

Decentralised Governance and Devolution of Funds to the Pancayats in Odisha

Devolution of the fiscal powers along with functions and functionaries to the Local Self-Governments has been received enormous academic attention. In India, the local self-governing institutions...

General General

Decentralised Urban Governance in India Implications for Financing of Urban Infrastructure

Decentralisation initiative in India is often considered to be a process purposefully adopted as
a result of its need arising out of various political, social and economic factors. However, a...

Decentralised Planning West Bengal Experience

This paper discusses both the underpinning of the theoretical approach and the practical evolution of decentralised planning in West Bengal. It also examines the extent to which the West Bengal...

Decentralised Planning Loopholes that remain

THE high-powered committee headed by G V K Rao on "Administrative Arrangements for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation Programmes" has submitted its report' to the Planning...

Decentralisation and District Government

It would be most unfortunate if the Congress(I), relying on its numerical strength in parliament, were to ram through a constitutional amendment delegating more powers to the district level without...

Planning Planning

District Planning New Delhi Style

The attempt to conduct district planning from New Delhi would be laughable were it not a sinister move to centralise all economic decision-making in the name of decentralised planning.

District Planning in the Context of Multi Level Planning

Multi-level planning requires a hierarchy of levels with appropriate decision-making authorities at each level.
The scope of decision-making at each level of planning will depend, however,...

Decentralised Planning and Panchayati Raj A Report of working group in Tamil Nadu

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...

Decentralised Planning An Overview of Experience and Prospects

The concern for decentralised planning in India is as old as planning itself. However, barring a few exceptions,
the performance in this respect has been dismal despite the setting up of...

D R Gadgil on Planning at the District Level

There is now very great need and scope for public sector planning in which district level planning must have a very important lace. There is not only need but now a much greater possibility of...

Awards & Best Practices Awards & Best Practices

Village Development Plan (Tingvong Gram Panchayat)

The report comprised of four chapters. In first chapter describes Village profile of Tingvong Gram Panchayat. Second Chapter describes the Processes in Preparation of Village Development Plan. In...

Village Development Plan (Kitam Manpur Gram Panchayat)

The report comprised of four chapters. In first chapter describes Village profile of Kitam-Manpur Gram Panchayat. Second Chapter describes the Processes in Preparation of Village Development Plan....

Capacity Building Capacity Building

State Legislation on Scheduled Areas

The Report consisting of seven chapters which provides the following state respective acts. The Provisions of the Panchayats. (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, Andhra Pradesh Act,...

Myrada’s capacity building intervention : creating social capital in the communities in Southern India

Capacity building is a recent concept that emerged in the lexicon of international development and is included in the programmes of most international organisations that work in development....

Management of school education: role of Panchayati Raj Institutions.

This paper considers how Panchayati Raj Institutions manage elementary education in coordination with the Education Department in Madhya Pradesh. It is
based on a field study on Recent Trends...

Building capacities of rural women artisans: case studies of women empowerment from Thar Desert of western Rajasthan.

The terrain of the desert of Rajasthan in India is harsh, arid and tough with shifting sand dunes, sparse population, extreme temperatures, and stunted vegetation. The Thar thus makes the lives of...

Hamara Gaon Hamara Raj: A Booklet on Tribal Self Rule Law in Madhya Pradesh

This is a booklet on Tribal Self Rule Law in Madhya Pradesh. It discusses about powers and provision of Gram Sabha and Panchayat at the appropriate level. It further discusses the reservation of...

Election Election

A Gram Panchayat Election in Orissa

GOPALPUR, a rura l town of about 3,000 population, situated on the road side two miles to the south of
Ranpur garb, is the headquarters of Gopalpur Gram Panchayat. This panchayat is composed...

Zilla Parishad elections in Maharashtra and the district political elite

The Constitution-making process in contemporary India continues via the establishment of Panchayati Raj in the Indian states. Panchayati Raj is, in part, the result of India's commitment to...

Politics of Panchayat Elections

CHIEF MINISTER Karpuri Thakur, in racing through the Gram Panchayat elections against all advice, has left nobody in any doubt about his anxiety to consolidate the Janata party base as well as his...

Panchayat Elections Dismal Record

Panchayat elections have been postponed many times in several states on the flimsiest of grounds, clearly violating constitutional norms. Should this practice be allowed to continue?

Panchayat Elections A Turning Point

The heavy voter turn-out in the recent Panchayat elections in Punjab could signify a break in the hitherto widely prevalent sense of alienation among the rural population of the state. The...
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Gender Issues Gender Issues

Gender Mainstreaming through Policies and Programs in HP

Himachal Pradesh came into being as a part „C‟ State of the Indian Union on 15th April, 1948 by integration/merger together of 31 big and small hill States. In 1956, States‟ Reorganization...

An empirical study of women laboures at workplace and at home in rural punjab.

The study attempts to analyse the problems faced by the women labourers at the workplace and on the domestic front along with their social status and living
conditions in the rural areas of...
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Human Resources Human Resources

Social Mobilization and Social Justice Role of Panchayat

Village is the basic unit of social life in India. There is a fact that more than three fourth Indian population still lives in the villages. The concern of the government for the life, liberty and...

Leadership Behaviour of Presidents of Panchayat Raj Institutions for Horticulture Development in Bijapur District of Karnataka

Panchayats or the institution of village council is as old as Indian history. From time immemorial the people in rural India had lived in village as self sustaining and self governing community....

People’s Participation in Development

Meaningful participation of the people is the vital requirement in strengthening the Panchayati Raj Institutions. Gram Sabha is the corner stone
of strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions....

Officials And Non Officials Significance of official- non official relationship in local government

Writing on the ‘Relationship between Non -Officials and Officials Maddick observed:
One of the most difficult questions in connection with local government and, in particular, a new local...