Functioning of Grassroots Democracy: Participation, Representation and Accountability in the Panchayats of 5th Scheduled Areas
Neela Bai. R.
Democracy, Participation, Representation, Accountability, Decentralisation
To realize grass-root democracy in rural areas, the government of India introduced the 73rd Amendment Act in 1993, in which the new Panchayati Raj reforms provided certain mandatory provisions for affirmative action to include all the traditionally marginalized sections of the society, especially, the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes in the democratic development process in the local governance. Although the democratic structure and principles of the local governance institutions after the 73rd Amendment Act is an examples, however, various studies have shown that the real spirit has not been achieved so far. The link between ‘institutions and community/individual’ has been missing which creates the gap between ‘participation’ and ‘empowerment’. In this context, the paper attempts to examine the dynamics of representation, participation and functioning of local self-governance in the Scheduled areas.
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Unique Paper ID: 158623

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 10

Page(s): 209 - 215
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