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A gram panchayat (village council) is the grassroots-level of panchayati raj formalised local self-governance system in India at the village or small-town level, and has a sarpanch as its elected head.[1]

The failed attempts to deal with local matters at the national level caused, in 1992, the reintroduction of panchayats for their previously used purpose as an organisation for local self-governance.[1] There are about 250,000 gram panchayats in India,[2][3] that are being gigabit-broadband enabled under the BharatNet and Digital India initiative.[4][5][6]

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StructureEdit

Gram panchayats are panchayats at base level in panchayat raj institutions (or PRIs), governed by the 73rd Amendment, which is concerned with Rural Local Governments.[7]

  • Panchayat at District (or apex) Level
  • Panchayat at Intermediate Level
  • Panchayat at Base Level

The gram panchayat is divided into wards and each ward is represented by a Ward Member, also referred to as a Panch or Panchayat Member, who is directly elected by the villagers.[8] The panchayat is chaired by the president of the village, known as a Sarpanch. The term of the elected representatives is five years. The Secretary of the panchayat is a non-elected representative, appointed by the state government, to oversee panchayat activities.[9]

MeetingsEdit

According to Sec. 6 (3) of the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act of 1994, that state's gram sabha has to conduct a meeting at least twice a year.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sapra, Ipsita (February 2013). "Living in the villages". Rural Democracy. D+C Development and Cooperation. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Chaturvedi, Mahesh Chandra (2012). India's waters. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-1439872833. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "GROUND RULES". Scroll.in. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Only ‘Made in India’ equipment for BharatNet: Govt.", The Hindu, 12 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Govt to launch second phase of BharatNet, to connect 1.5 lakh panchayats with internet.", The News Minute, 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ "BBNL may become full-blown telecom services company". Economic times. Kolkata, India. 29 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Benoy Banerjee; Irfaan Khan; Rajeev Kumar et al. (2006). "Chapter Eight: Local Governments". India Constitution at Work: Textbook in Political Science for Class XI. National Council of Educational Research and Training. ISBN 81-7450-550-4. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Seetharam, Mukkavilli (1 January 1990). Citizen Participation in Rural Development. Mittal Publications. p. 34. ISBN 9788170992271. 
  9. ^ Social Science. Vk Publications. p. 117. ISBN 9788179732144. 
  10. ^ "The Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1994" (PDF). Lawsofindia.org. 2002. Section 6.(3). Retrieved 30 September 2015. 

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