Reinvigorating Panchayati Raj System IN MADHYA PRADESH


The conviction that centralized government cannot achieve growth and development without people’s participation and initiative led to the enactment of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act and the subsequent Panchayat Raj Acts in the various states. The new panchayat raj system was considered to be a model of self-rule. However, the working of Panchayats in the last decade proved to be abusive of the desired objectives. One of the reasons for this phenomenon has been the structural weakness. The creation of three- tier structure for panchayat raj system in no sense establishes peoples ' rule as was witnessed in Madhya Pradesh. Raising this issue, an attempt is made to analyse the structural aspects of panchayat raj in Madhya Pradesh. This paper tries to understand the process and the emerging form of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) at the lowest level of the system i.e. village panchayat level only. It also raises the vital question as to which should be the prime structure in the whole set up of the panchayat raj system to give effect to the ideals of implementing panchayat raj - Gramsabha, Gram panchayat and its committees or Sarpanch.

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