Panchayati Raj Institutions Across the States
- In 2004, the UPA government with its focus on holistic rural development through community engagement established the ministry for Panchayati Raj in order to strengthen grass root democracy.
- The current NDA government has come to power after a rigorous campaign, promising reform and change. However, throughout the campaign the electoral discourse focussed mostly on urban and economic agendas championed by BJP and supported by its allies.
- The issues of rural development and the pivotal role played by Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in rural India seems to have taken a backseat with the market oriented development taking the central position.
- This paper attempts to prognosticate the future of PRIs in the next five of NDA government by analysing the performance of PRIs in the major NDA governed states and comparing it with states governed by UPA.