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

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Undermining Panchayati Raj Institutions in Gujarat

This article argues that the panchayati raj institutions in Gujarat are being undermined by the state government. The failure to evolve financial devolution to fund the PRIs is making them financially dependent on the state government. Further, the Samras Gram Yojana, which encourages consensus candidates without elections plays into the hands of traditional dominant castes' power.

Gujarat has a three-tier panchayat system and does hold regular panchayat elections. As a policy, in these elections, political parties are debarred from participation. As a result, the elected members of these panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) are individually accountable to the villagers. This accountability becomes non-existent if an individual member does not want to contest further. But the likelihood of political parties avoiding accountability is less compared to individuals as it would be unlikely for political parties to skip elections. Further, as political parties do not fight panchayat elections, the functioning of the panchayat does not figure substantially in mainstream political discourse of the state.

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