"Decentralisation is a much-debated issue in India and other countries with
federal system of governance. The enactment of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act in
1993 and the subsequent state wise panchayat raj acts in India brought to frontline
significance of grassroots democratic processes.
After two decades, panchayat raj in India has been a matter of debate and speculation
about its performance and impact. All the major states have completed at least four rounds
of panchayat elections. Almost three million people including more than one million women
and a sizeable number of SCs/ STs took part in these elections. The experiences of the
states are extremely rich and provide vital insights into the process of
institutionalising panchayat raj. This volume strives to encompass all these issues
related panchayat raj in India.
Besides a crisp introduction by the editors,the book is thematically divided in five
parts, viz. 73rd Constitutional Amendment and status of PRIs; Devolution of Funds,
Function and Functionaries in PRIs; Changing Power Structure and Empowerment of
Marginalised Groups; Gender Issues and Empowerment of Women through PRIs; and State
Specific Experiences in Structure and Functions in PRIs. The book promises to be a
valuable reference for all concerned researchers, bureaucrats, policy makers, planners
practitioners and those concerned with the decentralised governance."
Introduction / Yatindra Singh Sisodia, Ashish Bhatt and Tapas Kumar Dalapati
Part 1. 73rd Constitutional Amendment and Status of PRIs
Part 2. Devolution of Funds, Functions and Functionaries in PRIs
Part 3. Changing Power Structure and Empowerment of Marginalised Groups
Part 4. Gender Issues and Empowerment of Women through PIRs
Part 5. State Specific Experiences in Structure and Functions PRIs