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Hi, MySelf Revappa…Working As A Junior Assistant in Kar. Gov. secretariat (vidhanasoudha)       Born In A Border Village o...
THE SYLLABUS1. Constitution Amendment to Article 73 and Article 742. History of Karnataka Panchayat Raj3. Constitution of ...
Let’s Start It With The Information About PanchayatRaj System from                                                Wikipedi...
of colonial regime) gave the needed impetus to the development of local institutions. Itwas a landmark in the evolution of...
The Indian National Congress from the 1920s to 1947, emphasized the issue of all-IndiaSwaraj, and organized movements for ...
• that the basic unit of democratic decentralisation was at the block/ samiti level sincethe area of jurisdiction of the l...
• a Panchayat Raj Finance Corporation should be set up to look into the financialresource of PRIs at all levels, provide l...
taken in which PRIs must play a central role in handling peoples problems. Itrecommended the following [13] :-• PRIs have ...
constitutional sanction to establish "democracy at the grassroots level as it is at thestate level or national level". Its...
into a synergy and are expected to result in an extension and deepening of democracyin India. Hence, panchayats have journ...
Panchayati Raj From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia                                               IndiaThe Panchayat is a...
The panchayats receive funds from three sources –   (i)        local body grants, as recommended by the Central Finance Co...
opinion in the governance of his village.[citation needed] Decisions are taken without lengthylegal procedures and the pro...
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Consolidated Fund of the State, as also assignment to, or appropriation by, thePanchayats of the revenues of designated ta...
(c) "Intermediate level" means a level between the village and district levels specified bythe Governor of a State by publ...
(b) of the Chairpersons of the Panchayats at the intermediate level, in the Panchayatsat the district level;(c) of the mem...
(4) The offices of the Chairpersons in the Panchayats at the village or any other levelshall be reserved for the Scheduled...
243F. Disqualifications for membership.-(1) A person shall be disqualified for beingchosen as, and for being, a member of ...
243-I. Constitution of Finance Commission to review financial position.-(1) TheGovernor of a State shall, as soon as may b...
(2) Subject to the provisions of any law made by the Legislature of a State, theconditions of service and tenure of office...
(b) shall be construed to affect the functions and powers of the Darjeeling Gorkha HillCouncil constituted under such law....
"ELEVENTH SCHEDULE(Article 243G)1. Agriculture, including agricultural extension.2. Land improvement, implementation of la...
22. Markets and fairs.23. Health and sanitation, including hospitals, primary health centres and dispensaries.24. Family w...
1                               THE CONSTITUTION          (SEVENTY-          (SEVENTY-FOURTH AMENDMENT)ACT, 1992Statement ...
(iii) Municipal Corporations for larger urban areas.The broad criteria for specifying the said areas is being provided in ...
(i) a Finance Commission to review the finances of the Municipalities and to recommendprinciples for-(1) determining the t...
(2) It shall come into force on such date_681 as the Central Government may, bynotification in the Official Gazette, appoi...
establishment in that area and such other factors as he may deem fit, by publicnotification, specify to be an industrial t...
(3) A member of a Municipality representing a ward within the territorial area of theWards Committee shall be a member of ...
243U. Duration of Municipalities, etc.-(1) Every Municipality, unless sooner dissolvedunder any law for the time being in ...
for the devolution of powers and responsibilities upon Municipalities, subject to suchconditions as may be specified there...
(b) the measures needed to improve the financial position of the Municipalities;(c) any other matter referred to the Finan...
243ZD. Committee for district planning.-(1) There shall be constituted in every State atthe district level a District Plan...
Provided that not less than two-thirds of the members of such Committee shall beelected by, and from amongst, the elected ...
Provided that all the Municipalities existing immediately before such commencementshall continue till the expiration of th...
9. Safeguarding the interests of weaker sections of society, including the handicappedand mentally retarded.10. Slum impro...
2          History of PANCHAYAT RAJ in Karnataka                               Intro. By RDPR Dept. KarnatakaKarnataka has...
all weather roads.Improvement of Roads and their maintenance is the responsibility ofthe Zilla Panchayats since 1987. The ...
On the other hand, programmes like Jawahar Gram Samridhi Yojana (JGSY) andEmployment Assurance Scheme (EAS), aim at provid...
Schemes of The DepartmentThe Department                              SELF EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME                            ...
1. MINI WATER SUPPLY SCHEME                                  2. PIPED WATER SUPPLY SCHEME                                 ...
RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND PANCHAYT RAJ DEPARTMENT                                   ORGANISATION CHART                        ...
3                                    Chapter 3                         Constitut                         Constitution of G...
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  1. 1. e-NOTES 2009PanchayatRaj Rules 1993 This Notes Is Prepared For The Universal Use, Any Aspirant Of Knowledge Can Use It …And The Content Is Ofcourse Copied From Here And There, Mainly From The Internet. This Notes Took 6 Hours Of Preparation & Unlimited Patience. So,Share It With Your Friends If You Like It : To Give Justice To My Patience. I Would Like To Thank Mozilla Firefox, For Coping With My Impatience & Wiki For Its Knowledge Base. I Wish You All A Happy READING – Revappa DISCLAIMER : No Copyright[©] Is Breached In Preparing This e-NOTES Punarnava Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog 1.0 Powered By Revappa
  2. 2. Hi, MySelf Revappa…Working As A Junior Assistant in Kar. Gov. secretariat (vidhanasoudha) Born In A Border Village of Karnataka (Chadchan,Bijapur) Finished Graduation In The Heart of Karnataka (Dharwar) n Now Working in The Capital of Karnataka (Bangalore)Planning to Pay Back to Kannada Kannada-Karnataka… Before I …If You Like This Compendium mail your Appreciation to revappa@gmail.comORCall me @ 9481773790 2 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  3. 3. THE SYLLABUS1. Constitution Amendment to Article 73 and Article 742. History of Karnataka Panchayat Raj3. Constitution of Grama Panchayats, Powers and duties of Grama Panchayat Adhyaksha and Upadhyaksha (Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993)4. Duties of Gram Panchayat (Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993)5. Financial Resources of Gram panchayat (Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993)6. Staff of Grama Panchayats and duties (Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993)7. National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Scheme8. Total Sanitation Campaign9. Government Housing Schemes ( Ashraya , Ambedkar, Indira Avas Yojane) ing Ashraya, 3 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  4. 4. Let’s Start It With The Information About PanchayatRaj System from Wikipedia History of panchayatiraj in India From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaIndia has a chequered history of panchayati raj starting from a self-sufficient and self-governing village communities that survived the rise and fall of empires in the past tothe modern legalized institutions of governance at the third tier provided withConstitutional support.Early historyDuring the time of the Rig-Veda (1200 BC), evidences suggest that self-governingvillage bodies called sabhas existed. With the passage of time, these bodies becamepanchayats (council of five persons). Panchayats were functional institutions ofgrassroots governance in almost every village. The Village Panchayat or elected councilhad large powers, both executive and judicial. Land was distributed by this panchayatwhich also collected taxes out of the produce and paid the governments share onbehalf of the village. Above a number of these village councils there was a largerpanchayat or council to supervise and interfere if necessary [1]. Casteism and feudalisticsystem of governance under Mughal rule in the medieval period slowly eroded the self-government in villages. A new class of feudal chiefs and revenue collectors (zamindars)emerged between the ruler and the people. And, so began the stagnation and decline ofself-government in villages. During the British rule, the autonomy of panchayatsgradually declined with the establishment of local civil and criminal courts, revenue andpolice organisations, the increase in communications, the growth of individualism andthe operation of the individual Ryotwari (landholder-wise) system as against theMahalwari or village tenure system.During British ruleThe panchayat had never been the priority of the British rulers [2]. The rulers wereinterested in the creation of controlled local bodies, which could help them in theirtrading interests by collecting taxes for them. When the colonial administration cameunder severe financial pressure after the 1857 uprising, the remedy sought wasdecentralisation in terms of transferring responsibility for road and public works to localbodies. However, the thrust of this compelled decentralisation was with respect tomunicipal administration.From 1870 that Viceroy Lord Mayos Resolution (for decentralisation of power to bringabout administrative efficiency in meeting peoples demand and to add to the finances 4 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  5. 5. of colonial regime) gave the needed impetus to the development of local institutions. Itwas a landmark in the evolution of colonial policy towards local government. The realbenchmarking of the government policy on decentralisation can, however, be attributedto Lord Ripon who, in his famous resolution on local self-government on May 18, 1882,recognised the twin considerations of local government: (i) administrative efficiency and(ii) political education. The ‘’’Ripon Resolution’’’, which focused on towns, provided forlocal bodies consisting of a large majority of elected non-official members and presidedover by a non-official chairperson. This resolution met with resistance from colonialadministrators. The progress of local self-government was tardy with only half-heartedsteps taken in setting up municipal bodies. Rural decentralisation remained a neglectedarea of administrative reform.The Royal Commission on Decentralisation(1907) under the chairmanship of C.E.H.Hobhouse recognised the importance of panchayats at the village level. Thecommission recommended that "it is most desirable, alike in the interests ofdecentralisation and in order to associate the people with the local tasks ofadministration, that an attempt should be made to constitute and develop villagepanchayats for the administration of local village affairs".[3]But, the Montague-Chemsford reforms (1919) brought local self-government as aprovincial transferred subject, under the domain of Indian ministers in the provinces.Due to organisational and fiscal constraints, the reform was unable to make panchayatinstitutions truly democratic and vibrant. However, the most significant development ofthis period was the establishment of village panchayats in a number of provinces, thatwere no longer mere ad hoc judicial tribunal, but representative institutions symbolisingthe corporate character of the village and having a wide jurisdiction in respect of civicmatters. l By 1925, eight provinces had passed panchayat acts and by 1926, six nativestates had also passed panchayat laws.The provincial autonomy under the Government of India Act, 1935, marked theevolution of panchayats in India. Popularly elected governments in provinces enactedlegislations to further democratise institutions of local self-government. But the systemof responsible government at the grassroots level was least responsible. D.P. Mishra,the then minister for local self-government under the Government of India Act of 1935 inCentral Provinces was of the view that the working of our local bodies... in our provinceand perhaps in the whole country presents a tragic picture... Inefficiency and localbody have become synonymous terms.... [4].In spite of various committees such as the Royal Commission on Decentralization(1907), the report of Montague and Chemsford on constitutional reform (1919), theGovernment of India Resolution (1918), etc., a hierarchical administrative structurebased on supervision and control evolved. The administrator became the focal point ofrural governance. The British were not concerned with decentralised democracy butwere aiming for colonial objectives. [5] 5 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  6. 6. The Indian National Congress from the 1920s to 1947, emphasized the issue of all-IndiaSwaraj, and organized movements for Independence under the leadership of MahatmaGandhi. The task of preparing any sort of blueprint for the local level was neglected as aresult. There was no consensus among the top leaders regarding the status and role tobe assigned to the institution of rural local self-government; rather there were divergentviews on the subject. On the one end Gandhi favoured Village Swaraj andstrengthening the village panchayat to the fullest extent and on the other end, Dr. B.R.Ambedkar opposed this idea. He believed that the village represented regressive India,a source of oppression. The model state hence had to build safeguards against suchsocial oppression and the only way it could be done was through the adoption of theparliamentary model of politics [6] During the drafting of the Constitution of India,Panchayati Raj Institutions were placed in the non-justiciable part of the Constitution,the Directive Principles of State Policy, as Article 40. The Article read the State shalltake steps to organise village panchayats and endow them with such powers andauthority as may be necessary to enable them to function as units of self-government.However, no worthwhile legislation was enacted either at the national or state level toimplement it.In the four decades since the adoption of the Constitution, panchayat raj institutionshave travelled from the non-justiciable part of the Constitution to one where, through aseparate amendment, a whole new status has been added to their history [7]Post-independence periodPanchayat raj had to go through various stages. The First Five Year Plan failed to bringabout active participation and involvement of the people in the Plan processes, whichincluded Plan formulation implementation and monitoring. The Second Five Year Planattempted to cover the entire countryside with National Extensive Service Blocksthrough the institutions of Block Development Officers, Assistant Development Officers,Village Level Workers, in addition to nominated representatives of village panchayats ofthat area and some other popular organisations like co-operative societies. But the planfailed to satisfactorily accomplish decentralisation. Hence, committees were constitutedby various authorities to advise the Centre on different aspects of decentralisation.The Balwantrai Mehta Committee (1957)In 1957, Balwantrai Mehta Committee studied the Community Development Projectsand the National Extension Service and assessed the extent to which the movementhad succeeded in utilising local initiatives and in creating institutions to ensure continuityin the process of improving economic and social conditions in rural areas. TheCommittee held that community development would only be deep and enduring whenthe community was involved in the planning, decision-making and implementationprocess [8] . The suggestions were for as follows [9] :-• an early establishment of elected local bodies and devolution to them of necessaryresources, power and authority, 6 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  7. 7. • that the basic unit of democratic decentralisation was at the block/ samiti level sincethe area of jurisdiction of the local body should neither be too large nor too small. Theblock was large enough for efficiency and economy of administration, and small enoughfor sustaining a sense of involvement in the citizens,• such body must not be constrained by too much control by the government orgovernment agencies,• the body must be constituted for five years by indirect elections from the villagepanchayats,• its functions should cover the development of agriculture in all its aspects, thepromotion of local industries and others• services such as drinking water, road building, etc., and• the higher level body, Zilla Parishad, would play an advisory role.The PRI structure did not develop the requisite democratic momentum and failed tocater to the needs of rural development. There are various reasons for such an outcomewhich include political and bureaucratic resistance at the state level to share power andresources with local level institutions, domination of local elites over the major share ofthe benefits of welfare schemes, lack of capability at the local level and lack of politicalwill.K. Santhanam Committee (1963)One of the prime areas of concern in this long debate on panchayati raj institutions wasfiscal decentralisation. The K. Santhanam Committee was appointed to look solely atthe issue of PRI finance, in 1963. The fiscal capacity of PRIs tends to be limited, as richresources of revenue are pre-empted by higher levels of government, and issue is stilldebated today. The Committee was asked to determine issues related to sanctioning ofgrants to PRIs by the state government, evolving mutual financial relations between thethree tiers of PRIs, gifts and donation, handing over revenue in full or part to PRIs. TheCommittee recommended the following [10]:• panchayats should have special powers to levy special tax on land revenues andhome taxes, etc.,• people should not be burdened with too many demands (taxes),• all grants and subventions at the state level should be mobilised and sent in aconsolidated form to various PRIs, 7 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  8. 8. • a Panchayat Raj Finance Corporation should be set up to look into the financialresource of PRIs at all levels, provide loans and financial assistance to these grassrootslevel governments and also provide non-financial requirements of villages.These issues have been debated over the last three decades and have been taken upby the State Finance Commissions which are required to select taxes for assignmentand sharing, identifying the principles for such sharing and assignment, determine thelevel of grants and recommend the final distribution of states transfers to localauthorities.20Ashok Mehta Committee (1978)With the coming of the Janata Party into power at the Centre in 1977, a serious viewwas taken of the weaknesses in the functioning of Panchayati Raj [11]. It was decided toappoint a high-level committee under the chairmanship of Ashok Mehta to exa¬mineand suggest measures to strengthen PRIs. The Committee had to evolve an effectivedecentralised system of development for PRIs. They made the followingrecommendations [12] :-• the district is a viable administrative unit for which planning, co-ordination andresource allocation are feasible and technical expertise available,• PRIs as a two-tier system, with Mandal Panchayat at the base and Zilla Parishad atthe top,• the PRIs are capable of planning for themselves with the resources available to them,• district planning should take care of the urban-rural continuum,• representation of SCs and STs in the election to PRIs on the basis of their population,• four-year term of PRIs,• participation of political parties in elections,• any financial devolution should be committed to accepting that much of thedevelopmental functions at the district level would be played by the panchayats.The states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal passed new legislationbased on this report. However, the flux in politics at the state level did not allow theseinstitutions to develop their own political dynamics.V.K. Rao Committee (1985)The G.V.K. Rao Committee was appointed to once again look at various aspects ofPRIs. The Committee was of the opinion that a total view of rural development must be 8 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  9. 9. taken in which PRIs must play a central role in handling peoples problems. Itrecommended the following [13] :-• PRIs have to be activated and provided with all the required support to becomeeffective organisations,• PRIs at the district level and below should be assigned the work of planning,implementation and monitoring of rural development programmes, and• the block development office should be the spinal cord of the rural developmentprocess.L.M., Singhvi Committee (1986)L.M. Singhvi Committee studied panchayatiraj. The Gram Sabha was considered as thebase of a decentralised democracy, and PRIs viewed as institutions of self-governancewhich would actually facilitate the participation of the people in the process of planningand development. It recommended [14] :• local self-government should be constitutionally recognised, protected and preservedby the inclusion of new chapter in the Constitution,• non-involvement of political parties in Panchayat elections.The suggestion of giving panchayats constitutional status was opposed by the SarkariaCommission, but the idea, however, gained momentum in the late 1980s especiallybecause of the endorsement by the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who introducedthe 64th Constitutional Amendment Bill in 1989. The 64th Amendment Bill was preparedand introduced in the lower house of Parliament. But it got defeated in the Rajya Sabhaas non-convincing. He lost the general elections too. In 1989, the National Frontintroduced the 74th Constitutional Amendment Bill, which could not become an Actbecause of the dissolution of the Ninth Lok Sabha. All these various suggestions andrecommendations and means of strengthening PRIs were considered while formulatingthe new Constitutional Amendment Act.The 73rd Constitutional Amendment ActThe idea that produced the 73rd Amendment [15] was not a response to pressure fromthe grassroots, but to an increasing recognition that the institutional initiatives of thepreceding decade had not delivered, that the extent of rural poverty was still much toolarge and thus the existing structure of government needed to be reformed. It isinteresting to note that this idea evolved from the Centre and the state governments. Itwas a political drive to see PRIs as a solution to the governmental crises that India wasexperiencing. The Constitutional (73rd Amendment) Act, passed in 1992 by theNarasimha Rao government, came into force on April 24, 1993. It was meant to provide 9 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  10. 10. constitutional sanction to establish "democracy at the grassroots level as it is at thestate level or national level". Its main features are as follows [16]:• The Gram Sabha or village assembly as a deliberative body to decentralisedgovernance has been envisaged as the foundation of the Panchayati Raj System.• A uniform three-tier structure of panchayats at village (Gram Panchayat — GP),intermediate (Panchayat Samiti — PS) and district (Zilla Parishad — ZP) levels.• All the seats in a panchayat at every level are to be filled by elections from respectiveterritorial constituencies.• Not less than one-third of the total seats for membership as well as office ofchairpersons of each tier have to be reserved for women.• Reservation for weaker castes and tribes (SCs and STs) have to be provided at alllevels in proportion to their population in the panchayats.• To supervise, direct and control the regular and smooth elections to panchayats, aState Election Commission has to be constituted in every State and UT.• The Act has ensured constitution of a State Finance Commission in every State/UT,for every five years, to suggest measures to strengthen finances of PRIs.• To promote bottom-up-planning, the District Planning Committee fDPC} in everydistrict has been accorded constitutional status.• An indicative list of 29 items has been given in Eleventh Schedule of the Constitution.Panchayats are expected to play an effective role in planning and implementation ofworks related to these 29 items.Present scenarioAt present, there are about 3 million elected representatives at all levels of thepanchayat one-third of which are women. These members represent more than 2.4 lakhGram Panchayats, about 6,000 intermediate level tiers and more than 500 districtpanchayats . Spread over the length and breadth of the country, the new panchayatscover about 96 per cent of Indias more than 5.8 lakh villages and nearly 99.6 per centof rural population. This is the largest experiment in decentralisation of governance inthe history of humanity.The Constitution visualises panchayats as institutions of self-governance. However,giving due consideration to the federal structure of our polity, most of the financialpowers and authorities to be endowed on panchayats have been left at the discretion ofconcerned state legislatures. Consequently, the powers and functions vested in PRIsvary from state to state. These provisions combine representative and direct democracy 10 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  11. 11. into a synergy and are expected to result in an extension and deepening of democracyin India. Hence, panchayats have journeyed from an institution within the culture of Indiato attain constitutional status.References 1. ^ Jawaharlal Nehru, (1964), The Discovery of India, Signet Press, Calcutta, p.288 2. ^ George Mathew, Ed :Status of Panchayati Raj in the States and Union Territories of India 2000/edited by George Mathew. Delhi, Concept for Institute of Social Sciences, 2000, 3. ^ Report of the Royal-€OInmission on Decentralisation, 1907 4. ^ Venkatarangaiah, M. and M. Pattabhiram (1969), Local Government in India:Select Readings, Allied Publishers, New Delhi 5. ^ Venkatarangaiah, M. and M. Pattabhiram (1969), Local Government in India:Select Readings, Allied Publishers, New Delhi 6. ^ World Bank, (2000), Overview of Rural Decentralisation in India, Volume III,p. 18 7. ^ Bajpai and Verma, (1995), Panchayati Raj in India: A New Thrust,Vol. I, p. 3 8. ^ Government of India, Report of the Team for the Study of Community Projects and National Extension Service, (Chairperson: Balvantray Mehta), Committee on Plan Projects, National Development Council, (New Delhi, November 1957), Vol. I, 9. ^ Anirban Kashyap : Panchaytiraj , Views of founding fathers and recommendation of different committees , New Delhi, Lancer Books, 1989 P 109 10. ^ Mahoj Rai et al. :The state of Panchayats – A participatory perspective, New Delhi, Smscriti, 2001 P 7 11. ^ Asoka Mehta committee : Government of India, Report of the Committee on Panchayati Raj Institutions, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Department of Rural Development, (New Delhi, 1978), 12. ^ Anirban Kashyap : Panchaytiraj , Views of founding fathers and recommendation of different committees , New Delhi, Lancer Books, 1989 P 112 13. ^ World Bank: Overview of ruraldecentralisation in indi Volume III World Bank, 2000 P 21 14. ^ Mahoj Rai et al. :The state of Panchayats – A participatory perspective, New Delhi, Smscriti, 2001 P 9 15. ^ The Constitution (Seventy Third Amendment) Act, 1992, The Gazette of India, Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs, New Delhi, 1993. 16. ^ T M Thomas Issac with Richard Franke : Local democracy and development – Peoples Campaign for decentralized planning in Kerala, New Delhi, Leftword Books, 2000 P 19External links 1. Milestones in the Evolution of Local Government since Independence 2. World Bank : Overview of rural decentralization 3. Decentralisation in India : Challenges and opportunities, UNDP,2000 p 4 11 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  12. 12. Panchayati Raj From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia IndiaThe Panchayat is a South Asian political system mainly in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Pakistan,"Panchayat" literally means assembly ( (yat) of five (panch) wise and respected elders )chosen and accepted by the village community. Traditionally, these assemblies settleddisputes between individuals and villages. Modern Indian government has decentralised decentseveral administrative functions to the village level, empowering elected grampanchayats. Gram panchayats are not to be confused with the unelected khap .panchayats (or caste panchayats) found in some parts of India.[1]Panchayati RajThe term ‘panchayat raj’ is relatively new, having originated during the Britishadministration. Raj literally means governance or government. Mahatma Gandhi .advocated Panchayati Raj, a decentralized form of Government where each village is ,responsible for its own affairs, as the foundation of Indias political system. His term forsuch a vision was "Gram Swaraj (Village Self-governance). Gram Swaraj"It was adopted by state governments during the 1950s and 60s as laws were passed toestablish Panchayats in various states. It also found backing in the Indian Constitution,with the 73rd amendment in 1992 to accommodate the idea. The Amendment Act of1992 contains provision for devolution of powers and responsibilities to the panchayatsto both for preparation of plans for economic development and social justice and forimplementation in relation to twenty-nine subjects listed in the eleventh schedule of the twenty nineconstitution.[2] 12 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  13. 13. The panchayats receive funds from three sources – (i) local body grants, as recommended by the Central Finance Commission, (ii) funds for implementation of centrally-sponsored schemes, and (iii) funds released by the state governments on the recommendations of the State Finance Commissions.[2]In the history of Panchayati Raj in India, on April 24, 1993, the Constitutional (73rdAmendment) Act, 1992 came into force to provide constitutional status to thePanchayati Raj institutions. This Act was extended to Panchayats in the tribal areas ofeight States, namely Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra,Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Rajasthan from December 24, 1996.The Act aims to provide 3-tier system of Panchayati Raj for all States having populationof over 2 million, to hold Panchayat elections regularly every 5 years, to providereservation of seats for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Women, to appointState Finance Commission to make recommendations as regards the financial powersof the Panchayats and to constitute District Planning Committee to prepare draftdevelopment plan for the district.Powers and responsibilities are delegated to Panchayats at the appropriate level :- • Preparation of plan for economic development and social justice. • Implementation of schemes for economic development and social justice in relation to 29 subjects given in Eleventh Schedule of the Constitution. • To levy, collect and appropriate taxes, duties, tolls and fees.Village level (Panchayat)Panchayati Raj is a system of governance in which gram panchayats are the basicunits of administration. It has 3 levels: village, block and district. At the village level, it iscalled a Panchayat. It is a local body working for the good of the village. The number ofmembers usually ranges from 7 to 31; occasionally, groups are larger, but they neverhave fewer than 7 members.The block-level institution is called the Panchayat Samiti. The district-level institution iscalled the Zilla Parishad.Gram PanchayatGram sabha is constituted by all members of a village over the age of 18 years.TheGram Sabha elects the Gram Panchayat a council of elected members taking decisionson issues key to a villages social, cultural and economic life: thus, a Gram Panchayat isalso a villages body of elected representatives. The council leader is named Sarpanchin Hindi, and each member is a Gram Panchayat Sadasya or Panch. The panchayatacts as a conduit between the local government and the people. Decisions are taken bya majority vote (Bahumat). It is said that in such a system, each villager can voice his 13 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  14. 14. opinion in the governance of his village.[citation needed] Decisions are taken without lengthylegal procedures and the process remains for the most part transparent.[citation needed]Panchayat is an ancient Indian word that means means Five Persons ( Headman ).Since its inception, Panchayat has come a long way, it is currently included in theconstitution of the Government of India.Intermediate level panchayatThis is the panchayat set at the block or tehsil level for a group of grama panchayats inStates where the total population exceeds 20 lakh. Block level panchayat is notadvisable for many States like Kerala.District level panchayatThis is the panchayats at the district level. Every district in the States where panchayatraj is implemented will have a District or Zilla PanchayatsReferences 1. ^ Rohit Mullick & Neelam Raaj (9 Sep 2007). "Panchayats turn into kangaroo courts". The Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Opinion/Sunday_Specials/Panchayats_turn_int o_kangaroo_courts/rssarticleshow/2351247.cms. 2. ^ a b India 2007, p. 696, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India • http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9374468 • http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/nepal/np_glos.html • http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=333357&sid=REG • http://www.hrw.org/reports/1999/india/India994-07.htmExternal links • Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India • Panchayati Raj • See the entry on Panchayat in Encyclopedia Britannica • A Feature on the Women of the Indian Panchayats, with video, by the International Museum of Women. 14 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  15. 15. Now, Let’s Jump To Our Syllabus 1 THE CONSTITUTION (SEVENTY- (SEVENTY-THIRD AMENDMENT) ACT, 1992Statement of Objects and Reasons appended to the Constitution (Seventy-secondAmendment) Bill, 1991 which was enacted as the Constitution (Seventy-thirdAmendment) Act, 1992STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONSThough the Panchayati Raj Institutions have been in existence for a long time, it hasbeen observed that these institutions have not been able to acquire the status anddignity of viable and responsive peoples bodies due to a number of reasons includingabsence of regular elections, prolonged supersession, insufficient representation ofweaker sections like Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women, inadequatedevolution of powers and lack of financial resources.2. Article 40 of the Constitution which enshrines one of the Directive Principles of StatePolicy lays down that the State shall take steps to organise village panchayats andendow them with such powers and authority as may be necessary to enable them tofunction as units of self-government. In the light of the experience in the last forty yearsand in view of the short-comings which have been observed, it is considered that thereis an imperative need to enshrine in the Constitution certain basic and essential featuresof Panchayati Raj Institutions to impart certainty, continuity and strength to them.3. Accordingly, it is proposed to add a new Part relating to Panchayats in theConstitution to provide for among other things, Gram Sabha in a village or group ofvillages; constitution of Panchayats at village and other level or levels; direct elections toall seats in Panchayats at the village and intermediate level, if any, and to the offices ofChairpersons of Panchayats at such levels; reservation of seats for the ScheduledCastes and Scheduled Tribes in proportion to their population for membership ofPanchayats and office of Chairpersons in Panchayats at each level; reservation of notless than one-third of the seats for women; fixing tenure of 5 years for Panchayats andholding elections within a period of 6 months in the event of supersession of anyPanchayat; disqualifications for membership of Panchayats; devolution by the StateLegislature of powers and responsibilities upon the Panchayats with respect to thepreparation of plans for economic developments and social justice and for theimplementation of development schemes; sound finance of the Panchayats by securingauthorisation from State Legislatures for grants-in-aid to the Panchayats from the 15 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  16. 16. Consolidated Fund of the State, as also assignment to, or appropriation by, thePanchayats of the revenues of designated taxes, duties, tolls and fees; setting up of aFinance Commission within one year of the proposed amendment and thereafter every5 years to review the financial position of Panchayats; auditing of accounts of thePanchayats; powers of State Legislatures to make provisions with respect to electionsto Panchayats under the superintendence, direction and control of the chief electoralofficer of the State; application of the provisions of the said Part to Union territories;excluding certain States and areas from the application of the provisions of the saidPart; continuance of existing laws and Panchayats until one year from thecommencement of the proposed amendment and barring interference by courts inelectoral matters relating to Panchayats.4. The Bill seeks to achieve the aforesaid objectives.NEW DELHI; G. VENKAT SWAMY.The 10th September, 1991.THE CONSTITUTION (SEVENTY-THIRD AMENDMENT) ACT, 1992[20th April, 1993.]An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.BE it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-third Year of the Republic of India as follows:-1. Short title and commencement.-(1) This Act may be called the Constitution (Seventy-third Amendment) Act, 1992.(2) It shall come into force on such date_680 as the Central Government may, bynotification in the Official Gazette, appoint.2. Insertion of new Part IX.- After Part VIII of the Constitution, the following Part shall beinserted, namely:-`PART IXTHE PANCHAYATS243. Definitions.- In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,-(a) "district" means a district in a State;(b) "Gram Sabha" means a body consisting of persons registered in the electoral rollsrelating to a village comprised within the area of Panchayat at the village level; 16 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  17. 17. (c) "Intermediate level" means a level between the village and district levels specified bythe Governor of a State by public notification to be the intermediate level for thepurposes of this Part;(d) "Panchayat" means an institution (by whatever name called) of self-governmentconstituted under article 243B, for the rural areas;(e) "Panchayat area" means the territorial area of a Panchayat;(f) "population" means the population as ascertained at the last preceding census ofwhich the relevant figures have been published;(g) "village" means a village specified by the Governor by public notification to be avillage for the purposes of this Part and includes a group of villages so specified.243A. Gram Sabha.- A Gram Sabha may exercise such powers and perform suchfunctions at the village level as the Legislature of a State may, by law, provide.243B. Constitution of Panchayats.- (1) There shall be constituted in every State,Panchayats at the village, intermediate and district levels in accordance with theprovisions of this Part.(2) Notwithstanding anything in clause (1), Panchayats at the intermediate level may notbe constituted in a State having a population not exceeding twenty lakhs.243C. Composition of Panchayats.- (1) Subject to the provisions of this Part, theLegislature of a State may, by law, make provisions with respect to the composition ofPancayats:Provided that the ratio between the population of the territorial area of a Panchayat atany level and the number of seats in such Panchayat to be filled by election shall, so faras practicable, be the same throughout the State.(2) All the seats in a Panchayat shall be filled by persons chosen by direct election fromterritorial constituencies in the Panchayat area and; for this purpose, each Panchayatarea shall be divided into territorial constituencies in such manner that the ratio betweenthe population of each constituency and the number of seats allotted to it shall, so far aspracticable, be the same throughout the Panchayat area.(3) The Legislature of a State may, by law, provide for the representation-(a) of the Chairpersons of the Panchayats at the village level, in the Panchayats at theintermediate level or, in the case of a State not having Panchayats at the intermediatelevel, in the Pancayats at the district level; 17 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  18. 18. (b) of the Chairpersons of the Panchayats at the intermediate level, in the Panchayatsat the district level;(c) of the members of the House of the People and the members of the LegislativeAssembly of the State representing constituencies which comprise wholly or partly aPanchayat area at a level other than the village level, in such Panchayat;(d) of the members of the Council of States and the members of the Legislative Councilof the State, where they are registered as electors within-(i) a Panchayat area at the intermediate level, in Panchayat at the intermediate level;(ii) a Panchayat area at the district level, in Panchayat at the district level.(4) The Chairperson of a Panchayat and other members of a Panchayat whether or notchosen by direct election from territorial constituencies in the Panchayat area shall havethe right to vote in the meetings of the Panchayats.(5) The Chairperson of -(a) a Panchayat at the village level shall be elected in such manner as the Legislature ofa State may, by law, provide; and(b) a Panchayat at the intermediate level or district level shall be elected by, and fromamongst, the elected members thereof.243D. Reservation of seats.- (1) Seats shall be reserved for-(a) the Scheduled Castes; and(b) the Scheduled Tribes,in every Panchayat and the number of seats of reserved shall bear, as nearly as maybe, the same proportion to the total number of seats to be filled by direct election in thatPanchayat as the population of the Scheduled Castes in that Panchayat area or of theScheduled Tribes in that Panchayat area bears to the total population of that area andsuch seats may be allotted by rotation to different constituencies in a Panchayat.(2) Not less than one-third of the total number of seats reserved under clause (1) shallbe reserved for women belonging to the Scheduled Castes or, as the case may be, theScheduled Tribes.(3) Not less than one-third (including the number of seats reserved for women belongingto the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes) of the total number of seats to befilled by direct election in every Panchayat shall be reserved for women and such seatsmay be allotted by rotation to different constituencies in a Panchayat. 18 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  19. 19. (4) The offices of the Chairpersons in the Panchayats at the village or any other levelshall be reserved for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and women in suchmanner as the Legislature of a State may, by law, provide:Provided that the number of offices of Chairpersons reserved for the Scheduled Castesand the Scheduled Tribes in the Panchayats at each level in any State shall bear, asnearly as may be, the same proportion to the total number of such offices in thePanchayats at each level as the population of the Scheduled Castes in the State or ofthe Scheduled Tribes in the State bears to the total population of the State:Provided further that not less than one-third of the total number of offices ofChairpersons in the Panchayats at each level shall be reserved for women:Provided also that the number of offices reserved under this clause shall be allotted byrotation to different Panchayats at each level.(5) The reservation of seats under clauses (1) and (2) and the reservation of offices ofChairpersons (other than the reservation for women) under clause (4) shall cease tohave effect on the expiration of the period specified in article 334.(6) Nothing in this Part shall prevent the Legislature of a State from making anyprovision for reservation of seats in any Panchayat or offices of Chairpersons in thePanchayats at any level in favour of backward class of citizens.243E. Duration of Panchayats, etc.- (1) Every Panchayat, unless sooner dissolvedunder any law for the time being in force, shall continue for five years from the dateappointed for its first meeting and no longer.(2) No amendment of any law for the time being in force shall have the effect of causingdissolution of a Panchayat at any level, which is functioning immediately before suchamendment, till the expiration of its duration specified in clause (1).(3) An election to constitute a Panchayat shall be completed-(a) before the expiry of its duration specified in clause (1);(b) before the expiration of a period of six months from the date of its dissolution:Provided that where the remainder of the period for which the dissolved Panchayatwould have continued is less than six months, it shall not be necessary to hold anyelection under this clause for constituting the Panchayat for such period.(4) A Panchayat constituted upon the dissolution of a Panchayat before the expiration ofits duration shall continue only for the remainder of the period for which the dissolvedPanchayat would have continued under clause (1) had it not been so dissolved. 19 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  20. 20. 243F. Disqualifications for membership.-(1) A person shall be disqualified for beingchosen as, and for being, a member of a Panchayat-(a) if he is so disqualified by or under any law for the time being in force for thepurposes of elections to the Legislature of the State concerned:Provided that no person shall be disqualified on the ground that he is less than twenty-five years of age, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years;(b) if he is so disqualified by or under any law made by the Legislature of the State.(2) If any question arises as to whether a member of a Panchayat has become subjectto any of the disqualifications mentioned in clause (1), the question shall be referred forthe decision of such authority and in such manner as the Legislature of a State may, bylaw, provide.243G. Powers, authority and responsibilities of Panchayats.- Subject to the provisionsof this Constitution, the Legislature of a State may, by law, endow the Panchayats withsuch powers and authority as may be necessary to enable them to function asinstitutions of self-government and such law may contain provisions for the devolution ofpowers and responsibilities upon Panchayats at the appropriate level, subject to suchconditions as may be specified therein, with respect to-(a) the preparation of plans for economic development and social justice;(b) the implementation of schemes for economic development and social justice as maybe entrusted to them including those in relation to the matters listed in the EleventhSchedule.243H. Powers to impose taxes by, and Funds of, the Panchayats.-The Legislature of aState may, by law,-(a) authorise a Panchayat to levy, collect and appropriate such taxes, duties, tolls andfees in accordance with such procedure and subject to such limits;(b) assign to a Panchayat such taxes, duties, tolls and fees levied and collected by theState Government for such purposes and subject to such conditions and limits;(c) provide for making such grants-in-aid to the Panchayats from the Consolidated Fundof the State; and(d) provide for Constitution of such Funds for crediting all moneys received,respectively, by or on behalf of the Panchayats and also for the withdrawal of suchmoneys therefrom,as may be specified in the law. 20 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  21. 21. 243-I. Constitution of Finance Commission to review financial position.-(1) TheGovernor of a State shall, as soon as may be within one year from the commencementof the Constitution (Seventy-third Amendment) Act, 1992, and thereafter at theexpiration of every fifth year, constitute a Finance Commission to review the financialposition of the Panchayats and to make recommendations to the Governor as to-(a) the principles which should govern-(i) the distribution between the State and the Panchayats of the net proceeds of thetaxes, duties, tolls and fees leviable by the State, which may be divided between themunder this Part and the allocation between the Panchayats at all levels of theirrespective shares of such proceeds;(ii) the determination of the taxes, duties, tolls and fees which may be assigned to, orappropriated by, the Panchayat;(iii) the grants-in-aid to the Panchayats from the Consolidated Fund of the State;(b) the measures needed to improve the financial position of the Panchayats;(c) any other matter referred to the Finance Commission by the Governor in theinterests of sound finance of the Panchayats.(2) The Legislature of a State may, by law, provide for the composition of thecommission, the qualifications which shall be requisite for appointment as membersthereof and the manner in which they shall be selected.(3) The Commission shall determine their procedure and shall have such powers in theperformance of their functions as the Legislature of the State may, by law, confer onthem.(4) The Governor shall cause every recommendation made by the Commission underthis article together with an explanatory memorandum as to the action taken thereon tobe laid before the Legislature of the State.243J. Audit of accounts of Panchayats.- The Legislature of a State may, by law, makeprovisions with respect to the maintenance of accounts by the Panchayats and theauditing of such accounts.243K. Elections to the Panchayats.-(1) The superintendence, direction and control ofthe preparation of electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to the Panchayatsshall be vested in a State Election Commission consisting of a State ElectionCommissioner to be appointed by the Governor. 21 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  22. 22. (2) Subject to the provisions of any law made by the Legislature of a State, theconditions of service and tenure of office of the State Election Commissioner shall besuch as the Governor may by rule determine:Provided that the State Election Commissioner shall not be removed from his officeexcept in like manner and on the like grounds as a Judge of a High Court and theconditions of service of the State Election Commissioner shall not be varied to hisdisadvantage after his appointment.(3) The Governor of a State shall, when so requested by the State ElectionCommission, make available to the State Election Commission such staff as may benecessary for the discharge of the functions conferred on the State ElectionCommission by clause (1).(4) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Legislature of a State may, by law,make provision with respect to all matters relating to, or in connection with, elections tothe Panchayats.243L. Application to Union territories.-The provisions of this Part shall apply to the Unionterritories and shall, in their application to a Union territory, have effect as if thereferences to the Governor of a State were references to the Administrator of the Unionterritory appointed under article 239 and references to the Legislature or the LegislativeAssembly of a State were references, in relation to a Union territory having a LegislativeAssembly, to that Legislative Assembly:Provided that the President may, by public notification, direct that the provisions of thisPart shall apply to any Union territory or part thereof subject to such exceptions andmodifications as he may specify in the notification.243M. Part not to apply to certain areas.-(1) Nothing in this Part shall apply to theScheduled Areas referred to in clause (1), and the tribal areas referred to in clause (2),of article 244.(2) Nothing in this Part shall apply to-(a) the States of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram;(b) the Hill Areas in the State of Manipur for which District Councils exist under any lawfor the time being in force.(3) Nothing in this Part-(a) relating to Panchayats at the district level shall apply to the hill areas of the District ofDarjeeling in the State of West Bengal for which Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council existsunder any law for the time being in force; 22 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  23. 23. (b) shall be construed to affect the functions and powers of the Darjeeling Gorkha HillCouncil constituted under such law.(4) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution,-(a) the Legislature of a State referred to in sub-clause (a) of clause (2) may, by law,extend this Part to that State, except the areas, if any, referred to in clause (1), if theLegislative Assembly of that State passes a resolution to that effect by a majority of thetotal membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of themembers of that House present and voting;(b) Parliament may, by law, extend the provisions of this Part to the Scheduled Areasand the tribal areas referred to in clause (1) subject to such exceptions andmodifications as may be specified in such law, and no such law shall be deemed to bean amendment of this Constitution for the purposes of article 368.243N. Continuance of existing laws and Panchayats.-Notwithstanding anything in thisPart, any provision of any law relating to Panchayats in force in a State immediatelybefore the commencement of the Constitution (Seventy-third Amendment) Act, 1992,which is inconsistent with the provisions of this Part, shall continue to be in force untilamended or repealed by a competent Legislature or other competent authority or untilthe expiration of one year from such commencement, whichever is earlier:Provided that all the Panchayats existing immediately before such commencement shallcontinue till the expiration of their duration, unless sooner dissolved by a resolutionpassed to that effect by the Legislative Assembly of that State or, in the case of a Statehaving a Legislative Council, by each House of the Legislature of that State.243-O. Bar to interference by courts in electoral matters.- Notwithstanding anything inthis Constitution,-(a) the validity of any law relating to the delimitation of constituencies or the allotment ofseats to such constituencies, made or purporting to be made under article 243K, shallnot be called in question in any court;(b) no election to any Panchayat shall be called in question except by an electionpetition presented to such authority and in such manner as is provided for by or underany law made by the Legislature of a State..Constitution, after sub-clause (b), the following sub-clause shall be inserted, namely:-"(bb) the measures needed to augment the Consolidated Fund of a State to supplementthe resources of the Panchayats in the State on the basis of the recommendationsmade by the Finance Commission of the State;".Constitution, the following Schedule shall be added, namely:- 23 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  24. 24. "ELEVENTH SCHEDULE(Article 243G)1. Agriculture, including agricultural extension.2. Land improvement, implementation of land reforms, land consolidation and soilconservation.3. Minor irrigation, water management and watershed development.4. Animal husbandry, dairying and poultry.5. Fisheries.6. Social forestry and farm forestry.7. Minor forest produce.8. Small scale industries, including food processing industries.9. Khadi, village and cottage industries.10. Rural housing.11. Drinking water.12. Fuel and fodder.13. Roads, culverts, bridges, ferries, waterways and other means of communication.14. Rural electrification, including distribution of electricity.15. Non-conventional energy sources.16. Poverty alleviation programme.17. Education, including primary and secondary schools.18. Technical training and vocational education.19. Adult and non-formal education.20. Libraries.21. Cultural activities. 24 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  25. 25. 22. Markets and fairs.23. Health and sanitation, including hospitals, primary health centres and dispensaries.24. Family welfare.25. Women and child development.26. Social welfare, including welfare of the handicapped and mentally retarded.27. Welfare of the weaker sections, and in particular, of the Scheduled Castes and theScheduled Tribes.28. Public distribution system.29. Maintenance of community assets.". 25 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  26. 26. 1 THE CONSTITUTION (SEVENTY- (SEVENTY-FOURTH AMENDMENT)ACT, 1992Statement of Objects and Reasons appended to the Constitution (Seventy-thirdAmendment) Bill, 1991 which was enacted as the Constitution (Seventy-fourthAmendment) Act, 1992STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONSIn many States local bodies have become weak and ineffective on account of a varietyof reasons, including the failure to hold regular elections, prolonged supersession andinadequate devolution of powers and functions. As a result, Urban Local Bodies are notable to perform effectively as vibrant democratic units of self-government.2. Having regard to these inadequacies, it is considered necessary that provisionsrelating to Urban Local Bodies are incorporated in the Constitution particularly for-(i) putting on a firmer footing the relationship between the State Government and theUrban Local Bodies with respect to-(a) the functions and taxation powers; and(b) arrangements for revenue sharing;(ii) Ensuring regular conduct of elections;(iii) ensuring timely elections in the case of supersession; and(iv) providing adequate representation for the weaker sections like Scheduled Castes,Scheduled Tribes and women.3. Accordingly, it is proposed to add a new part relating to the Urban Local Bodies in theConstitution to provide for-(a) constitution of three types of Municipalities:(i) Nagar Panchayats for areas in transition from a rural area to urban area;(ii) Municipal Councils for smaller urban areas; 26 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  27. 27. (iii) Municipal Corporations for larger urban areas.The broad criteria for specifying the said areas is being provided in the proposed article243-0;(b) composition of Municipalities, which will be decided by the Legislature of a State,having the following features:(i) persons to be chosen by direct election;(ii) representation of Chairpersons of Committees, if any, at ward or other levels in theMunicipalities;(iii) representation of persons having special knowledge or experience of MunicipalAdministration in Municipalities (without voting rights);(c) election of Chairpersons of a Municipality in the manner specified in the State law;(d) constitution of Committees at ward level or other level or levels within the territorialarea of a Municipality as may be provided in the State law;(e) reservation of seats in every Municipality-(i) for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in proportion to their population of whichnot less than one-third shall be for women;(ii) for women which shall not less than one-third of the total number of seats;(iii) in favour of backward class of citizens if so provided by the Legislature of the State;(iv) for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women in the office of Chairpersonsas may be specified in the State law;(f) fixed tenure of 5 years for the Municipality and re-election within six months of end oftenure. If a Municipality is dissolved before expiration of its duration, elections to be heldwithin a period of six months of its dissolution;(g) devolution by the State Legislature of powers and responsibilities upon theMunicipalities with respect to preparation of plans for economic development and socialjustice, and for the implementation of development schemes as may be required toenable them to function as institutions of self-government;(h) levy of taxes and duties by Municipalities, assigning of such taxes and duties toMunicipalities by State Governments and for making grants-in-aid by the State to theMunicipalities as may be provided in the State law; 27 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  28. 28. (i) a Finance Commission to review the finances of the Municipalities and to recommendprinciples for-(1) determining the taxes which may be assigned to the Municipalities;(2) Sharing of taxes between the State and Municipalities;(3) grants-in-aid to the Municipalities from the Consolidated Fund of the State;(j) audit of accounts of the Municipal Corporations by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India and laying of reports before the Legislature of the State and theMunicipal Corporation concerned;(k) making of law by a State Legislature with respect to elections to the Municipalities tobe conducted under the superintendence, direction and control of the chief electoralofficer of the State;(l) application of the provisions of the Bill to any Union territory or part thereof with suchmodifications as may be specified by the President;(m) exempting Scheduled areas referred to in clause (1), and tribal areas referred to inclause (2), of article 244, from the application of the provisions of the Bill. Extension ofprovisions of the Bill to such areas may be done by Parliament by law;(n) disqualifications for membership of a Municipality;(o) bar of jurisdiction of Courts in matters relating to elections to the Municipalities.4. The Bill seeks to achieve the aforesaid objectives.NEW DELHI; SHEILA KAUL.The 11th September, 1991.THE CONSTITUTION (SEVENTY-FOURTH AMENDMENT) ACT, 1992[20th April, 1993.]An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.BE it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-third Year of the Republic of India as follows:-1. Short title and commencement.-(1) This Act may be called the Constitution (Seventy-fourth Amendment) Act, 1992. 28 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  29. 29. (2) It shall come into force on such date_681 as the Central Government may, bynotification in the Official Gazette, appoint.2. Insertion of new Part IXA.-After Part IX of the Constitution, the following Part shall beinserted, namely:-`PART IXATHE MUNICIPALITIES243P. Definitions.-In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,-(a) "Committee" means a Committee constituted under article 243S;(b) "district" means a district in a State;(c) "Metropolitan area" means an area having a population of ten lakhs or more,comprised in one or more districts and consisting of two or more Municipalities orPanchayats or other contiguous areas, specified by the Governor by public notificationto be a Metropolitan area for the purposes of this Part;(d) "Municipal area" means the territorial area of a Municipality as is notified by theGovernor;(e) "Municipality" means an institution of self-government constituted under article243Q;(f) "Panchayat" means a Panchayat constituted under article 243B;(g) "population" means the population as ascertained at the last preceding census ofwhich the relevant figures have been published.243Q. Constitution of Municipalities.-(1) There shall be constituted in every State,-(a) a Nagar Panchayat (by whatever name called) for a transitional area, that is to say,an area in transition from a rural area to an urban area;(b) a Municipal Council for a smaller urban area; and(c) a Municipal Corporation for a larger urban area,in accordance with the provisions of this Part:Provided that a Municipality under this clause may not be constituted in such urban areaor part thereof as the Governor may, having regard to the size of the area and themunicipal services being provided or proposed to be provided by an industrial 29 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  30. 30. establishment in that area and such other factors as he may deem fit, by publicnotification, specify to be an industrial township.(2) In this article, "a transitional area", "a smaller urban area" or "a larger urban area"means such area as the Governor may, having regard to the population of the area, thedensity of the population therein, the revenue generated for local administration, thepercentage of employment in non-agricultural activities, the economic importance orsuch other factors as he may deem fit, specify by public notification for the purposes ofthis Part.243R. Composition of Municipalities.- (1) Save as provided in clause (2), all the seats ina Municipality shall be filled by persons chosen by direct election from the territorialconstituencies in the Municipal area and for this purpose each Municipal area shall bedivided into territorial constituencies to be known as wards.(2) The Legislature of a State may, by law, provide-(a) for the representation in a Municipality of-(i) persons having special knowledge or experience in Municipal administration;(ii) the members of the House of the People and the members of the LegislativeAssembly of the State representing constituencies which comprise wholly or partly theMunicipal area;(iii) the members of the Council of States and the members of the Legislative Council ofthe State registered as electors within the Municipal area;(iv) the Chairpersons of the Committees constituted under clause (5) of article 243S:Provided that the persons referred to in paragraph (i) shall not have the right to vote inthe meetings of the Municipality;(b) the manner of election of the Chairperson of a Municipality.243S. Constitution and composition of Wards Committees, etc.-(1) There shall beconstituted Wards Committees, consisting of one or more wards, within the territorialarea of a Municipality having a population of three lakhs or more.(2) The Legislature of a State may, by law, make provision with respect to-(a) the composition and the territorial area of a Wards Committee;(b) the manner in which the seats in a Wards Committee shall be filled. 30 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  31. 31. (3) A member of a Municipality representing a ward within the territorial area of theWards Committee shall be a member of that Committee.(4) Where a Wards Committee consists of-(a) one ward, the member representing that ward in the Municipality; or(b) two or more wards, one of the members representing such wards in the Municipalityelected by the members of the Wards Committee, shall be the Chairperson of thatCommittee.(5) Nothing in this article shall be deemed to prevent the Legislature of a State frommaking any provision for the constitution of Committees in addition to the WardsCommittees.243T. Reservation of seats.-(1) Seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled Castes andthe Scheduled Tribes in every Municipally and the number of seats so reserved shallbear, as nearly as may be, the same proportion to the total number of seats to be filledby direct election in that Municipality as the population of the Scheduled Castes in theMunicipal area or of the Scheduled Tribes in the Municipal area bears to the totalpopulation of that area and such seats may be allotted by rotation to differentconstituencies in a Municipality.(2) Not less than one-third of the total number of seats reserved under clause (1) shallbe reserved for women belonging to the Scheduled Castes or, as the case may be, theScheduled Tribes.(3) Not less than one-third (including the number of seats reserved for women belongingto the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes) of the total number of seats to befilled by direct election in every Municipality shall be reserved for women and such seatsmay be allotted by rotation to different constituencies in a Municipality.(4) The officers of Chairpersons in the Municipalities shall be reserved for theScheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and women in such manner as the Legislatureof a State may, by law, provide.(5) The reservation of seats under clauses (1) and (2) and the reservation of offices ofChairpersons (other than the reservation for women) under clause (4) shall cease tohave effect on the expiration of the period specified in article 334.(6) Nothing in this Part shall prevent the Legislature of a State from making anyprovision for reservation of seats in any Municipality or offices of Chairpersons in theMunicipalities in favour of backward class of citizens. 31 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  32. 32. 243U. Duration of Municipalities, etc.-(1) Every Municipality, unless sooner dissolvedunder any law for the time being in force, shall continue for five years from the dateappointed for its first meeting and no longer:Provided that a Municipality shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heardbefore its dissolution.(2) No amendment of any law for the time being in force shall have the effect of causingdissolution of a Municipality at any level, which is functioning immediately before suchamendment, till the expiration of its duration specified in clause (1).(3) An election to constitute a Municipality shall be completed,-(a) before the expiry of its duration specified in clause (1);(b) before the expiration of a period of six months from the date of its dissolution:Provided that where the remainder of the period for which the dissolved Municipalitywould have continued is less than six months, it shall not be necessary to hold anyelection under this clause for constituting the Municipality for such period.(4) A Municipality constituted upon the dissolution of a Municipality before the expirationof its duration shall continue only for the remainder of the period for which the dissolvedMunicipality would have continued under clause (1) had it not been so dissolved.243V. Disqualifications for membership.-(1) A person shall be disqualified for beingchosen as, and for being, a member of a Municipality-(a) if he is so disqualified by or under any law for the time being in force for thepurposes of elections to the Legislature of the State concerned:Provided that no person shall be disqualified on the ground that he is less than twenty-five years of age, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years;(b) if he is so disqualified by or under any law made by the Legislature of the State.(2) If any question arises as to whether a member of a Municipality has become subjectto any of the disqualifications mentioned in clause (1), the question shall be referred forthe decision of such authority and in such manner as the Legislature of a State may, bylaw, provide.243W. Powers, authority and responsibilities of Municipalities, etc.- Subject to theprovisions of this Constitution, the Legislature of a State may, by law, endow-(a) the Municipalities with such powers and authority as may be necessary to enablethem to function as institutions of self-government and such law may contain provisions 32 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  33. 33. for the devolution of powers and responsibilities upon Municipalities, subject to suchconditions as may be specified therein, with respect to-(i) the preparation of plans for economic development and social justice;(ii) the performance of functions and the implementation of schemes as may beentrusted to them including those in relation to the matters listed in the TwelfthSchedule;(b) the Committees with such powers and authority as may be necessary to enablethem to carry out the responsibilities conferred upon them including those in relation tothe matters listed in the Twelfth Schedule.243X. Power to impose taxes by, and Funds of, the Municipalities.-The Legislature of aState may, by law,-(a) authorise a Municipality to levy, collect and appropriate such taxes, duties, tolls andfees in accordance with such procedure and subject to such limits;(b) assign to a Municipality such taxes, duties, tolls and fees levied and collected by theState Government for such purposes and subject to such conditions and limits;(c) provide for making such grants-in-aid to the Municipalities from the ConsolidatedFund of the State; and(d) provide for constitution of such Funds for crediting all moneys received, respectively,by or on behalf of the Municipalities and also for the withdrawal of such moneystherefrom.as may be specified in the law.243Y. Finance Commission.-(1) The Finance Commission constituted under article 243-I shall also review the financial position of the Municipalities and makerecommendations to the Governor as to-(a) the principles which should govern-(i) the distribution between the State and the Municipalities of the net proceeds of thetaxes, duties, tolls and fees leviable by the State, which may be divided between themunder this Part and the allocation between the Municipalities at all levels of theirrespective shares of such proceeds;(ii) the determination of the taxes, duties, tolls and fees which may be assigned to, orappropriated by, the Municipalities;(iii) the grants-in-aid to the Municipalities from the Consolidated Fund of the State; 33 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  34. 34. (b) the measures needed to improve the financial position of the Municipalities;(c) any other matter referred to the Finance Commission by the Governor in theinterests of sound finance of the Municipalities.(2) The Governor shall cause every recommendation made by the Commission underthis article together with an explanatory memorandum as to the action taken thereon tobe laid before the Legislature of the State.243Z. Audit of accounts of Municipalities.-The Legislature of a State may, by law, makeprovisions with respect to the maintenance of accounts by the Municipalities and theauditing of such accounts.243ZA. Elections to the Municipalities.-(1) The superintendence, direction and control ofthe preparation of electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to theMunicipalities shall be vested in the State Election Commission referred to in article243K.(2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Legislature of a State may, by law,make provision with respect to all matters relating to, or in connection with, elections tothe Municipalities.243ZB. Application to Union territories.-The provisions of this Part shall apply to theUnion territories and shall, in their application to a Union territory, have effect as if thereferences to the Governor of a State were references to the Administrator of the Unionterritory appointed under article 239 and references to the Legislature or the LegislativeAssembly of a State were references in relation to a Union territory having a LegislativeAssembly, to that Legislative Assembly:Provided that the President may, by public notification, direct that the provisions of thisPart shall apply to any Union territory or part thereof subject to such exceptions andmodifications as he may specify in the notification.243ZC. Part not to apply to certain areas.-(1) Nothing in this Part shall apply to theScheduled Areas referred to in clause (1), and the tribal areas referred to in clause (2),of article 244.(2) Nothing in this Part shall be construed to affect the functions and powers of theDarjeeling Gorkha Hill Council constituted under any law for the time being in force forthe hill areas of the district of Darjeeling in the State of West Bengal.(3) Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, Parliament may, by law, extend theprovisions of this Part to the Scheduled Areas and the tribal areas referred to in clause(1) subject to such exceptions and modifications as may be specified in such law, andno such law shall be deemed to be an amendment of this Constitution for the purposesof article 368. 34 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  35. 35. 243ZD. Committee for district planning.-(1) There shall be constituted in every State atthe district level a District Planning Committee to consolidate the plans prepared by thePanchayats and the Municipalitiies in the district and to prepare a draft developmentplan for the district as a whole.(2) The Legislature of a State may, by law, make provision with respect to-(a) the composition of the District Planning Committees;(b) the manner in which the seats in such Committees shall be filled:Provided that not less than four-fifths of the total number of members of suchCommittee shall be elected by, and from amongst, the elected members of thePanchayat at the district level and of the Municipalities in the district in proportion to theratio between the population of the rural areas and of the urban areas in the district;(c) the functions relating to district planning which may be assigned to suchCommittees;(d) the manner in which the Chairpersons of such Committees shall be chosen.(3) Every District Planning Committee shall, in preparing the draft development plan,-(a) have regard to-(i) matters of common interest between the Panchayats and the Municipalities includingspatial planning, sharing of water and other physical and natural resources, theintegrated development of infrastructure and environmental conservation;(ii) the extent and type of available resources whether financial or otherwise;(b) consult such institutions and organisations as the Governor may, by order, specify.(4) The Chairperson of every District Planning Committee shall forward thedevelopment plan, as recommended by such Committee, to the Government of theState.243ZE. Committee for Metropolitan planning.-(I) There shall be constituted in everyMetropolitan area a Metropolitan Planning Committee to prepare a draft developmentplan for the Metropolitan area as a whole.(2) The Legislature of a State may, by law, make provision with respect to-(a) the composition of the Metropolitan Planning Committees;(b) the manner in which the seats in such Committees shall be filled: 35 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  36. 36. Provided that not less than two-thirds of the members of such Committee shall beelected by, and from amongst, the elected members of the Municipalities andChairpersons of the Panchayats in the Metropolitan area in proportion to the ratiobetween the population of the Municipalities and of the Panchayats in that area;(c) the representation in such Committees of the Government of India and theGovernment of the State and of such organisations and institutions as may be deemednecessary for carrying out the functions assigned to such Committees;(d) the functions relating to planning and coordination for the Metropolitan area whichmay be assigned to such Committees;(e) the manner in which the Chairpersons of such Committees shall be chosen.(3) Every Metropolitan Planning Committee shall, in preparing the draft developmentplan,-(a) have regard to-(i) the plans prepared by the Municipalities and the Panchayats in the Metropolitan area;(ii) matters of common interest between the Municipalities and the Panchayats,including co-ordinated spatial planning of the area, sharing of water and other physicaland natural resources, the integrated development of infrastructure and environmentalconservation;(iii) the overall objectives and priorities set by the Government of India and theGovernment of the State;(iv) the extent and nature of investments likely to be made in the Metropolitan area byagencies of the Government of India and of the Government of the State and otheravailable resources whether financial or otherwise;(b) consult such institutions and organisations as the Governor may, by order, specify.(4) The Chairperson of every Metropolitan Planning Committee shall forward thedevelopment plan, as recommended by such Committee, to the Government of theState.243ZF. Continuance of existing laws and Municipalities.- Notwithstanding anything inthis Part, any provision of any law relating to Municipalities in force in a Stateimmediately before the commencement of THE CONSTITUTION (Seventy-fourthAmendment) Act, 1992, which is inconsistent with the provisions of this Part, shallcontinue to be in force until amended or repealed by a competent Legislature or othercompetent authority or until the expiration of one year from such commencement,whichever is earlier: 36 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  37. 37. Provided that all the Municipalities existing immediately before such commencementshall continue till the expiration of their duration, unless sooner dissolved by a resolutionpassed to that effect by the Legislative Assembly of that State or, in the case of a Statehaving a Legislative Council, by each House of the Legislature of that State.243ZG. Bar to interference by courts in electoral matters.- Notwithstanding anything inthis Constitution,-(a) the validity of any law relating to the delimitation of constituencies or the allotment ofseats to such constituencies, made or purporting to be made under article 243ZA shallnot be called in question in any court;(b) no election to any Municipality shall be called in question except by an electionpetition presented to such authority and in such manner as is provided for by or underany law made by the Legislature of a State..3. Amendment of article 280.- In clause (3) of article 280 of the Constitution, sub-clause(c) shall be relettered as sub-clause (d) and before sub-clause (d) as so relettered, thefollowing sub-clause shall be inserted, namely:-"(c) the measures needed to augment the Consolidated Fund of a State to supplementthe resources of the Municipalities in the State on the basis of the recommendationsmade by the Finance Commission of the State;".4. Addition of Twelfth Schedule.-After the Eleventh Schedule to the Constitution, thefollowing Schedule shall be added, namely:-"TWELFTH SCHEDULE(Article 243W)1. Urban planning including town planning.2. Regulation of land-use and construction of buildings.3. Planning for economic and social development.4. Roads and bridges.5. Water supply for domestic, industrial and commercial purposes.6. Public health, sanitation conservancy and solid waste management.7. Fire services.8. Urban forestry, protection of the environment and promotion of ecological aspects. 37 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  38. 38. 9. Safeguarding the interests of weaker sections of society, including the handicappedand mentally retarded.10. Slum improvement and upgradation.11. Urban poverty alleviation.12. Provision of urban amenities and facilities such as parks, gardens, playgrounds.13. Promotion of cultural, educational and aesthetic aspects.14. Burials and burial grounds; cremations, cremation grounds and electriccrematoriums.15. Cattle pounds; prevention of cruelty to animals.16. Vital statistics including registration of births and deaths.17. Public amenities including street lighting, parking lots, bus stops and publicconveniences.18. Regulation of slaughter houses and tanneries.. 38 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  39. 39. 2 History of PANCHAYAT RAJ in Karnataka Intro. By RDPR Dept. KarnatakaKarnataka has 56,682 rural habitations including 27,017 Revenue villages. According to2001 census, about 348 lakhs of its people, out of a total population of 448 lakhs live inthese rural habitations. That constitutes about 69% of the States population and about62 lakhs households who live in the rural areas depending mainly on agriculture. Thedistinguishing features of the States rural society are the following: -(a) the existence of a large number of scattered habitations;(b) dependence on agriculture and related activities;(c) low share in the state domestic product as compared to its population, which meansthat it is characterised by low per capita incomes;(d) low levels of infrastructure like roads, electricity, housing and water supply; and(e) lower rank than the urban areas of the State in terms of human developmentparameters like literacy, health services and skill endowments.Development of rural areas in the State would therefore imply improving the productivityof agriculture and other economic activities in the rural areas, improving the coverageand quality of infrastructure, and improving the quality of services, which contributedirectly to upgrading the quality of human resources. The Department of RuralDevelopment and Panchayat Raj is implementing number of schemes for improvementof living conditions of the people, to create economic and political awareness in ruralareas.1. Improvement of Rural InfrastructureIn order to promote improvement in the quality of life in the rural areas it is necessary topromote the development of infrastructure including rural communications, housing,water supply and sanitation, watershed development and minor irrigation.a) Development of Rural RoadsThe total length of rural roads in the State is 104034 Kms. Out of this 23511Kms. isasphalted. Roads with macadam surface, less than about 40,000 Kms. is considered as 39 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  40. 40. all weather roads.Improvement of Roads and their maintenance is the responsibility ofthe Zilla Panchayats since 1987. The technical supervision is the responsibility of RuralDevelopment and Panchayat Raj Department. Improvement of Roads and theirmaintenance is being done through the district sector Roads & Bridges schemes,Employment generation schemes and Pradhan Manthri Gram Sadak Yojana etc.,b) Rural Water SupplyThe Department has the responsibility of coordinating the provision of water supply fordomestic purposes in over 56,682 rural habitations in the State in conformity withnational norms for rural water supply. For this purpose, the Department is implementingthe State sponsored Rural Water Supply Schemes, Centrally sponsored AcceleratedRural Water Supply Programme, Sub-Mission Projects for Rural habitations with waterquality problems under the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, andExternally Aided Projects with the assistance of the World Bank and Danida.c) Rural SanitationPromotion of Rural Sanitation is being carried out by the department through the stateowned programme Nirmala Grama Yojana and the Central Rural Sanitation Programme(CRSP). Latrines are being provided to primary schools with water supply facilities.A novel habitat development programme Swachcha Grama Scheme has been launchedthis year with a cost of Rs.200 crores for implementation in 1000 villages withassistance from HUDCO.d) Minor IrrigationThere are 36,696 small tanks in the state out of which tanks having an achcut area of40 hectares and below come under the jurisdiction of Zilla Panchayats. There are33,374 such Minor Irrigation Tanks.2. Poverty AlleviationThe Department is implementing a number of programmes for poverty alleviation in therural areas both through assistance for self-employment activities, and through wageemployment oriented works.Swarna Jayanthi Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) is aimed at assisting the ruralhouseholds who are below poverty line through credit, subsidy, training facilities andother supporting activities to enable the rural poor to take up remunerative selfemployment oriented activities. 40 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  41. 41. On the other hand, programmes like Jawahar Gram Samridhi Yojana (JGSY) andEmployment Assurance Scheme (EAS), aim at providing assured wage employment tothe rural poor by engaging them in the creation of economically productive and sociallybeneficial assets like roads, school buildings, irrigation wells, anganawadi buildings,community halls and land development works.Sampoorna Grameena Rozgar Yojana (SGRY), a Centrally sponsored scheme hasbeen launched during 2001-02 with an objective of providing additional wageemployment in the rural areas and also food security, along side the creation of durablecommunity, social and economic assets and infrastructure developments in theseareas. The emphasis under this scheme will be on watershed development promotingtraditional water resources and Nava Grama, development of housing layouts in ruralareas, giving greater opportunity at Panchayat Raj Institution level to converge fundsfrom different sectors. Jawahar Grama Samrudhi Yojana and Employment AssuranceScheme will be merged into this scheme from 2002-03.Indira Awaas Yojana aims at both generation of employment and creation of housingfacilities for the rural poor.3. Rural Energy ProgrammesPromotion of sustainable sources of renewable energy to meet the energy requirementsof rural households is another component of the policy of rural development pursued inthe State. For this purpose, the Department is implementing an Integrated Rural EnergyProgramme. The Department also implements a programme for popularising improvedmodel cook stoves (Chulhas) through its National Programme for Improved Chulhas.The development of biogas for meeting domestic energy requirements is beingachieved by the Department through the National Programme for Biogas (NPBD) andthe States own Anila Yojane.4. Democratic DecentralizationOne of the major responsibilities of the Department is in the realm of implementing theprovisions of the Karnataka Panchayath Raj Act, 1993 to achieve democraticdecentralization in the governance of the States rural areas. The Departmentcoordinates the process of the establishment of Panchayat Raj Institutions under theabove legislation and monitors their functioning in order to ensure that Panchayat RajInstitutions in the State function as viable and vibrant institutions of Local SelfGovernment.3 tier structure of Panchayat Raj Institutions 29 Zilla Panchayats 176 Taluk Panchayats 5628 Grama Panchayats 41 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  42. 42. Schemes of The DepartmentThe Department SELF EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME 1. SAMPOORNA GRAMMENA ROZGAR YOJANA(S.G.R.Y.)RURAL WAGE EMPLOYMENT 2. JALARAKSHANEPROGRAMMES: 3. NATIONAL RURAL EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE ACT - KARNATAKASELF EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME: 1. SWARNA JAYANTHI GRAM SWAROZGAR YOJANA(S.G.S.Y)WATERSHED PROJECT 1. WESTERN GHATS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMEPROGRAMME: 1. NAMMA BHOOMI - NAMMA THOTAOTHER PROGRAMMES: 2. REHABILITATION OF BONDED LABOUR SCHEME GRAMASWARAJ 1. KARNATAKA PANCHAYAT STRENTHENING PROJECT 2. OPERATION MANUAL_ENGLISH 3. OPERATION MANUAL KANNADAGRAMASWARAJ 4. PROCUREMENT MANUAL_ENGLISH 5. PROCUREMENT MANUAL_KANNADA 6. ENVIRONMENTAL_GUIDE LINES RURAL INFRASTRUCTURERURAL ENERGY PROGRAMMES: 1. NATIONAL PROJECT ON BIOGAS DEVELOPMENT 1. PRADHAN MANTRI GRAM SADAK YOJANA(PMGSY) 2. NABARD PROJECTRURAL COMMUNICATION(ROADS): 3. CHIEF MINISTER GRAMA SADAK YOJANE(CMGSY) 4. 12TH FINANCE COMMISSION - ROADS 42 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  43. 43. 1. MINI WATER SUPPLY SCHEME 2. PIPED WATER SUPPLY SCHEME 3. BOREWELLS WITH HAND PUMPS AND SARALA JAL SCHEMERURAL WATER SUPPLY ANDSANITATION: 4. DESERT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 5. SUB-MISSION PROJECT 6. SUVARNAJALA 7. SWACHHA GRAMA YOJANE SUVARNA GRAMODAYASUVARNA GRAMODAYA 1. SUVARNA GRAMODAYA YOJANE PLAN MONITORING AND INFORMATIONPLAN MONITORING AND INFORMATION 1. KUGRAMA-SUVARNAGRAMA YOJANE KARNATAKA RURAL WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION AGENCYKARNATAKA RURAL WATER SUPPLY 1. JALNIRMAL PROJECTAND SANITATION AGENCY 2. SWAJALDHARA SCHEMEAs updated On :21-09-2007. 43 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  44. 44. RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND PANCHAYT RAJ DEPARTMENT ORGANISATION CHART Hon’ble MINISTER OF RD & PR __________________________ __________________________ ADDITIONAL CHIEF SECRETARY & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER __________________ ________________ SECRETARY SECRETARY(PR) _____________________________________________ ______________________________ ____________________________________DIRECTOR - PPMU DIRECTOR - KRWSSA CEO – ZP (29)DIRECTOR - R.I DIRECTOR - ANSSIRD EO – TP(176)DIRECTOR - S.E.P M D – KLAC SECRETARY – GP(5628)DIRECTOR – P.R ED - MGIREDDIRECTOR – PMI COO - KRRDAD S -ADMIN CHIEF- GRAM SWARAJIFACE – PREDAs Updated On :02-09-2008 44 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava
  45. 45. 3 Chapter 3 Constitut Constitution of Gram PanchayatConstitution of Grama Panchayat.- [5](1) The Grama Panchayat shall consist of such number of elected members as may be 1 1notified from time to time by the [State Election Commission] , at the rate of one 2 2member for [every four hundred population] or part thereof of the panchayat area:1. Inserted by Act 29 of 1997 w.e.f. 20.10.1997.2. Substituted by Act 11 of 2000 w.e.f. 28.1.1999. Provided that the determination of the number as aforesaid shall not affect thethen composition of the Grama Panchayat until the expiry of the term of office of theelected members then in office: 1 1 [Proviso x x x]1. Omitted by Act 11 of 2000 w.e.f. 4.10.1999. 1(2) Seat [shall, subject to the general or special order of the State Election 1Commission, be reserved by the Deputy Commissioner] in a Grama Panchayat,-1. Substituted by Act 29 of 1998 w.e.f. 24.8.1998. (a) for the Scheduled Castes; and (b) for the Scheduled Tribes;and the number of seats so reserved shall bear as nearly as may be, the sameproportion to the total number of seats in the Grama Panchayat as the population of theScheduled Castes in the panchayat area or of the Scheduled Tribes in the panchayatarea bears to the total population of the panchayat area; 1 1 [Proviso x x x] 1993: KAR. ACT 14] Panchayat Raj 2891. Omitted by Act 10 of 1995 w.e.f. 13.1.1995. 1 [Provided that at least one seat each shall be reserved in a Grama Panchayatfor the persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes:Provided further that, if no person belonging to the Scheduled Castes is available theseat reversed for that category shall also be filled by the persons belonging to 1Scheduled Tribes and vice-versa.]1. Inserted by Act 11 of 2000 w.e.f. 16.12.1999.(3) Such number of seats which shall, as nearly as may be one-third of the total number 1of seats of the Grama Panchayat [shall, subject to the general or special order of the 1State Election Commission, be reserved by the Deputy Commissioner] for personsbelonging to the Backward classes: 45 Secretariat Junior Assistant’s Blog. Powered By REVAPPA | Punarnava

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