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Panchayat

 

(from Sanskrit and Hindi pancha, “five”), in southern Asian countries, especially India, an elective committee that administers various corporative organizations, such as castes, subcastes, rural cooperatives, certain types of communal groups, and temples. Both traditional and newly formed associations may be run by panchayats. In India, the village councils that serve as organs of rural self-government are also called panchayats. Despite its name, a panchayat usually consists not of five but of an arbitrary number of members.

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Three tyre Panchayati Raj Institutions was put in place by the constitution (Seventy Third Amendment) Act 1992 during the prime ministership of late Rajeev Gandhi.
Panchayati Raj assumes particular importance as a means of producing democratic functioning and decision making through decentralized governmental power, thereby restructuring political institutions.
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Former panchayati raj minister and senior Congressman Mani Shankar Aiyar said, " Ensuring devolution to panchayats through central government schemes is the singlemost effective way to promote efficiency in the delivery of public goods and services.
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Chhavi Rajawat, sarpanch of the gram panachayat from Soda, Rajasthan, will speak on the 'Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the safety of women'.
I express my deep concern at the instance of killing of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to reporters here, Abdullah said the recent attacks on sarpanches are an attempt by militants to derail the panchayati raj system, and added that the state government will not remain a silent spectator to these attacks.
Considering the fact that three decades had lapsed for the panchayati raj institutions to find a place in Jharkhand, Deo felt that the elected representatives of PRIs in the State would greatly benefit from the foundation training in capacity building and local governance.
New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for enhancing reservation for women in Panchayati Raj institutions from one-third to at least 50 per cent
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