International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 6, Issue 8, Part C (2020)
Roadmap for efficient functioning of the panchayats: an all India perspective
The ‘Gram Swaraj’ dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the ‘Power to the People’ dream of Prime Minister are the essence of true democracy. Prime Minister in his address has observed that “We are a large, young and restless nation. On the move. There is no other way to include the aspirations of all our people to guide our collective destiny other than to develop a strong local government system. Inclusive growth, which is the motto of the 11th five year plan, can be achieved only through inclusive governance. And the key to this is an effective, well-functioning system of Panchayats.”
The 73rd Amendment to the Constitution has given constitutional status to the Panchayats, provided it a complete framework and also imparted it certainty. It envisions the Panchayats as the institutions of local self-governance and also the universal platforms for planning and implementing programmes for economic development and social justice. It has deepened the democracy and ensured social and political empowerment of the people, particularly the dis-advantaged through 2.4 lakh Panchayats and 2.8 million elected representatives, over 30% of whom are women, 19% SC, 12% ST and also OBCs in most States.
How to cite this article:
Geeta, Brhamprakash Yadav. Roadmap for efficient functioning of the panchayats: an all India perspective. Int J Appl Res 2020;6(8):195-199.