Role of panchayati raj system in strengthening grassroots democracy in India
Sanjeev C Shirpurkar
The Practical implementation of the Panchayati Raj Act in independent India is undoubtedly proving to be a “Role Model” in the direction of democratic decentralization. In the last three decades, these institutions have not only kept the rural culture alive but also moving the villages towards self-reliance. Through these institutions, not only all the sections have been able to get proper representation but also the emerging rural leadership is constantly receiving new challenges and new opportunities as well. Under the Panchayati Raj Act, for the economic, social and community development of rural India-powers, funds and responsibilities were transferred to the Panchayati Institutions. Today, through the participation of rural people, the process of development and planning is being conducted smoothly by these institutions. These institutions are not only identifying the resources available at the local level but continuous efforts are also being made to fulfill the local needs of all the communities. Today these institutions are developing infrastructure in rural India through technology and management. Gradually, transparency and accountability in the works of Panchayati representatives is also increasing. Thus we can say that this emerging new leadership is proving helpful not only in creating a clean and bright picture of rural India but also strengthening our democracy and democratic character.
Sanjeev C Shirpurkar. Role of panchayati raj system in strengthening grassroots democracy in India. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 9, Issue 5, 2022, Pages 89-92