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Author: Manoj Rai
Malini Nambiar/Sohini Paul
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187374098
This volume attempts to provide an overview of the past, present and future of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) by taking a retrospective glance at these institutions, analyzing their present status and articulating the perspective for them to become more vibrant and effective institutions of local self-governance. It is an account of the experiences of PRIA and its partners over the past six years towards strengthening PRIs in about 15 states of the country. The book primarily covers state of Panchayats in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Haryans, Himachal Pradesh and Orissa.
Different thematic chapters in the book provide insights into various facets of PRI functioning ranging from the provisions in the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992, to an assessment of the ground reality in the areas of actual functioning of panchayats. The assessment covers areas like the extent of devolution of powers and functions, the role played by Gram Sabha and the participation of women other marginalized sections.
This volume attempts to capture participatory local planning in Panchayats, capacity building initiatives undertaken for PRI functionaries, the situation of finances in Panchayats and the process of Panchayat elections. In this context, the ole of civil society and the media vis-à-vis PRIs has also been explored in order to provide a comprehensive picture of Panchayati Raj in India as a whole, information on PRIs in states other than those mentioned has been incorporated largely from secondary sources.
The book also comes out with a set of recommendations, which could help shape Panchayati Raj Institutions as vibrant loci of self-governance.