Category Archives: Panchayat Raj

The Real Potential of MGNREGA is Yet to be Realized

NREGA now known as MGNREGa is demand driven program that integrates rural employment with sustainable development of rural India. Its full potential is yet to be realized. NREGA has changed the fabric of rural India by empowering women and poor rural folks cutting across the divides of cast and community. Continue reading

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A Brief History of Local Governance in India

But for the divisive politics of the British, India has a glorious history of village self-rule which was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi; The PRI system through the 73rd amendment to the constitution attempt to make it a reality Continue reading

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The Samatha Judgment and the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution

Tribals have been the biggest victims of “development” which has nothing to do with their well being; in the popular meaning of the word development only means exploitation of natural resources and people to sustain the urban lifestyle; Governments have flouted the land mark Samatha Judgment that upheld the rights of the tribal people as they have done to PESA and the Forest Rights Act Continue reading

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Non-Implementation of the PESA Act – Government wants Paisa, not PESA

After the 73rd amendment, the Government also enacted the Panchayat (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act in 1996 (or simply the PESA Act, 1996). It mainly aims to protect the tribal population from exploitation by making Gram Sabhas centers of … Continue reading

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Grass-root Democracy in India: Status of the Panchayati Raj System

Real grass root democracy involves even the most marginalized section of people; Gram Sabhas and Panchayats are the true centers for participatory democracy Continue reading

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Panchayat Raj System in India

Panchayat Raj System has the potential of making Mahatma Gandhi’s dream come true, but the political class appears unwilling to accept a decentralized system of governance where power flows from the bottom Continue reading

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The Forest Rights Act, 2006: Will It End the Historic Exploitation of Tribal Population?

For the first time in India, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 provide legal security to its indigenous tribal population from forced eviction and denial of of their rights over minor forest produce. But implementation of the Act is very poor and renders it useless because other forest related laws and the forest department officials come on the way. How long the forest tribes will continue to live under fear and insecurity, despite having a law that outlaws their oppression? Continue reading

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