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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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It also pulled up the Khap Panchayats for taking the law into their own hands in the name of so-called honour killing.
The number of panchayats assigned to one panchayat secretary varies from minimum of two to a maximum of five panchayats depending on the population of the panchayat.
The Union ministry of minority affairs will launch the exercise in the second week of September and the panchayats will be held at nearly 500 locations across the country.
87-lakh-crore grant to gram panchayats (GP) and municipalities in line with the 14th Finance Commission recommendations - a quantum jump of 228 per cent for the current financial year compared to the preceding five fiscals.
Our political system has historically promoted a culture of dole distribution at the cost of institutional delivery system, which the Panchayats are supposed to facilitate.
Mohammad Shaikh Hasmat, husband of Manohara Bibi, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate for the Madhudanga gram panchayat in Burdwan, was killed when bombs were hurled at him at a polling booth on Monday morning.
The Jind panchayat, which acted as a mediator between the accused and the victim's family, also directed the families of the accused to pay compensation of a[sup.
A village panchayat near Rohtak has directed a married couple to start staying as brother and sister as they are from the same 'gotra'.
Other nations, such as Sri Lanka and the Philippines, have adopted the panchayat model, with officials from Thailand to South Africa expressing interest in importing the model to their own slums.
More recently, its candidates in gram panchayat elections limited their expenses to less than Rs800 (about [pounds sterling] 13) per candidate: something unheard of elsewhere.
Speaking at the event, President Kovvind said that the Ujjawala Yojana is strengthening women's empowerment and the LPG Panchayats which is part of the scheme will prove to be useful.
In a " verdict" that was welcomed, by and large, by panchayats of all the neighbouring districts, the Sisana village panchayat of Baghpat ordered a man to give ` 5 Lakh to the family of the girl with whom he was to be married on February 4.