The Story of Indian Democracy

The Story of Indian Democracy

Question

Discuss powers and responsibilities of Panchayatas given according to the Constitution of India.

Answer

Powers and Responsibilities of Panchayats:

According to the Indian Constitution, Panchayats should be given powers and authority to function as institutions of self-government. It, thus, requires all state governments to revitalise local representative institutions.

The following powers and resposibility were delegated to the Panchayats:

(i) to prepare plans and schemes for economic development

(ii) to prepare shemes that will enhance social justice

(iii) to levy, collect and appropriate taxes, duties, tolls and fees

(iv) help in the devolution of governmental responsibilities, especially that of finances to local authorities.

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