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Analysis of Panchayats

Authored By- Anjali Rawat

Keywords- Panchayati Raj, Community Development, Gram Panchayats


Panchayati Raj Institution is the grass-root democracy in India. The Panchayati Raj institutions are considered so, because of the local self-government meant for providing basic infrastructure facilities, empowering weaker sections of the society, and initiate the event process at the beginning level of rural India. This article provides a conceptual analysis of the Panchayati Raj in India. This study gives a brief analysis study about composition, duration, functions of panchayats, and also describes their source of income, etc.


In India, the Panchayati Raj system was brought because the prime instrument of decentralization through which democracy can becomes truly representative and responsive. The Panchayati Raj institutions are considered as local self-government meant for providing basic infrastructure facilities, work for and empowering weaker sections of the society, and initiate the event process at the grass-roots level of rural India, where the only of India lives.

After independence, the Community Development Programme was inaugurated in 1952. But, because it had not been attached to the grass-root level, it couldn’t provide any change within the lifetime of a common citizen. In 1957 a committee was formed, under the leadership of Balwantrai Mehta to seek out the cause for the failure of this program. The committee recommended that without a workplace at the village level that would represent the whole community, assume responsibility, and supply the required leadership for implementing development programs, real progress in rural development couldn’t happen in the lest. During this, the Balwantrai Mehta Committee tried to realize local self-government through Panchayats.

In 1977, Ashok Mehta Committee was found out to review the working of Panchayati Raj Institutions. The committee recommended that Panchayati Raj Institutions are the soul of democracy and thus it should be empowered with more authority. During the last decade of 1990, it had been realized by the Central Government that local self-government can’t be strengthened without given them constitutional status. Therefore, the Central Government of India passed the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act in 1992, which came into effect from 20th April 1993 (from the date of publication within the Gazette of India). The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992 that came into effect in April 1993 contains a provision for devolution of powers and responsibilities to the panchayats to both for preparation of the plans for economic development and social justice and for implementation about 29 subjects listed within the XIth schedule of the Indian constitution. The panchayats receive money from three different sources that are the local body grants, as recommended by the Central monetary Commission, funds for implementation of centrally-sponsored schemes, and funds released by the state governments on the recommendations of the State monetary Commissions.

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj was found out primarily to oversee the implementation of Part IX of the Constitution, the Panchayats Extension to the Scheduled Areas Act, 1996 (PESA), and Article 243ZD of Part IX-A concerning District Planning Committees. The Panchayats have historically been an integral part of rural life in India. These Acts have institutionalized the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) at the village, intermediate, and district levels because of the third tier of the state. The aim has been to mix social justice with effective local governance, with stress on the reservation of seats for the deprived classes of the population, including the leadership positions.

The XIth Schedule of the Constitution stipulates that States may, by law, endow the Panchayats with such powers and authority as could even be required to enable the latter to function as institutions of self-government. Such laws might also provide the devolution of powers and responsibilities upon Panchayats for the preparation and plans for economic development and social justice and implementation of the schemes as may be entrusted to them.

The most features of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992 are as under:

Gram Sabha: The term Gram Sabha is defined in the Indian Constitution under Article 243(b). It’s the Sabha of the electorate.

Panchayat: A Panchayat means an establishment of own-government constituted under the article 243b for an agricultural area;

Panchayat area: it means the territorial area of a Panchayats;

Village: It means an area which is specified by the Governor by the public notification to be a village for the needs of this Part and cover a gaggle of villages so specified;

Village level panchayat: It’s called a Panchayat at the village level. It’s an area body working for the village;

Intermediate level panchayats: It means a level or the district levels specified by the state governor by notifying the public at an intermediate level for the need of this Part. Panchayats at the intermediate level might not be constituted during which State having a population not more than 20 lakhs;

District level panchayat: within the district level of the Panchayati Raj system, there’s Zilla Parishad. It’s after the administration of the agricultural area of the district and its office is found at the district headquarters.

Composition of Panchayats

The Act states that the Legislature of a State may, by law, make provisions with reference to the composition of Panchayats, as long as the ratio between the population of the territorial area of a Panchayats at a different level and therefore, the number of seats in such Panchayat to be filled by the election shall, thus far as practicable, be an equivalent throughout the State. During a Panchayats should be filled by a person chosen by the election from territorial constituencies within the Panchayats area and; for this aim, each Panchayats area shall be divided into territorial constituencies in such a manner that the ratio between the population of every constituency and therefore the number of seats allotted thereto shall be, thus far as practicable, be an equivalent throughout the Panchayats area. The State Legislature may by law, provide for the representation of the Chairperson of the Panchayats at an appropriate level.

Duration of panchayats

Every Panchayat, unless sooner dissolved under any law for the nonce effective, shall continue for five years from the date appointed for its first meeting and not.

The Three-Tier System

The states of Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Sikkim have a two-tier system of panchayats- one at the village and therefore the second at the Zila or District level. In Jammu and Kashmir, the block is the second level. Altogether other states Panchayati Raj Institutions have a three-tier system- village as the first level, block, or Janapad as the second level, and Zila or district because of the third level.

In the case of, Bhanumati Etc. v. State of U.P. (2010)[1] it was held that a no-confidence motion was passed against the Chairman of a Zila Parishad under the U.P. Panchayats Laws (Amendment) Act, 2007. She challenged it on the grounds that a provision for no-confidence motion couldn’t be made under the statute because it wasn’t mentioned within the Constitution.

In the case of, Usha Bharati v. State of U.P. (2014)[2], it was held that the appellant was the Adhyaksh of the Zila Parishad of Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh. Almost after 2 years of her election, a motion of no-confidence was passed against her by the villagers, signed by 37 members, to initiate her removal. This was wiped out accordance with Section 28 of the U.P. Kshetra Panchayat & Zila Panchayat Act, 1961. The appellant challenged this, saying that no provision had been made within the Constitution for a no-confidence motion in panchayats elections, and thus it had been illegal and invalid.


The Indian Constitution has given us elaborate and thought-out provisions that determine the meaning and functions of the local self-government and management bodies i.e. panchayats, municipalities and co-operative societies. This has been done to render greater decentralization to the governance mechanism, which enables better decision-making and faster development. Thus, these institutions play a really important role in improving the standard of lifetime life of citizens in rural areas and concrete centers.

Through this text, we studied intimately these provisions of the Constitution to realize more insight into the planet of local self-governments.

[1] AIR 2010 SC 3796 [2] 2010 (12) SCC 1.





4. The Indian constitution, Part IX, the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992, Article 243 G.