ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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reports are that the experiment has been quite successful. Until this poll the sarpanches were elected indirectly, by the panches themselves. The latest poll amounted to an extension of the franchise principle and has been widely welcomed by voters. In effect, it is the sarpanch who exercises the real powers. The panches being, by and large, inactive and sleeping partners in the village administration.

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