The Ministry of Panchayati Raj
is a branch of the Government of India
looking after the ongoing process of decentralization and local governance in the States.
In a federation the powers and functions of the government are divided among two governments. In India
it is the Union Government and the various State Governments. However with the passage of 73rd and 74th amendment act of the Constitution of India, in 1993 the division of powers and functions have been further tickled down to Local Self Governments(Panchayat
at Village levels and Municipalities and Municipal Corporations in towns&large cities). As such India now has not two but three tier of Governments in its federal setup.
Ministry of Panchayati Raj looks into all matters relating of Panchayati Raj
and Panchayati Raj Institutions. It was created in May 2004. The ministry is headed by a minister of cabinet rank. The ministry is headed by Vilasrao Deshmukh
Functions of the Ministry
Ministry of Panchayati Raj is responsible for the work of advocacy for and monitoring of the implementation of Constitution 73rd Amendment Act the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas)Act.A New Ministry of Panchayati Raj has been created w.e.f. 27 May 2004. As per the amended allocation of Business Rules, "all matters relating of Panchayati Raj and Panchayati Raj Institutions" will be looked after by the newly created Ministry. The State governments/Union Territory Administrations, at present,... Read More