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

Gram SabhaSubscribe to Gram Sabha

Convergence of Programmes by Empowering SHGs and PRIs

The effectiveness of self-help groups (SHGs) would be considerably enhanced if a symbiosis could be worked out between them and panchayati raj institutions (PRIs). The key to this is the integration of SHGs with the democratically elected and empowered panchayats when the requisite devolution of powers, functions and authority to the latter takes place. A proposed scheme which will allow SHGs and PRIs to work in tandem and reinforce each other's work.

Making the Gram Sabha Work

Non-participation of the rural people has hobbled the development of the gram sabha, denying the true benefits of this institution to the people. The concept of gram sabha has also not been grasped clearly, right from the policy-makers to the villagers. A gram sabha needs to generate a feeling of belonging. The real challenge now is to 'reconnect' the sabha, by communicating clearly its function and purpose both at the individual and public levels

Madhya Pradesh Experiments with Direct Democracy

The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to transfer nearly all the powers previously exercised by gram panchayats to gram sabhas or periodic village mass meetings. This experiment may work well or prove a disappointment - but there is no doubting its audacity and its broader significance.
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