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“No Panchayati Raj is better than bad Panchayati raj”. Discuss in the context of democratic decentralisation in India while weighing its successes and failures.

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

3. “No Panchayati Raj is better than bad Panchayati raj”. Discuss in the context of democratic decentralisation in India while weighing its successes and failures. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian polity by Lakshmikant

Why the question:

73rd and 74th constitutional amendments have often been asked in the exam. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

The question makes an assertion that it is better to have no Panchayati Raj as compared to bad Panchayati Raj because of the faith of people in democratic decentralization will weaken. Hence we have to assess the performance of the Act, shortcomings and suggest way forward.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

 Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly talk about the Panchayat Raj act.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Discuss about the PRI act.

Highlights the positives and negatives of the Act.

Suggest reforms to ensure good governance at the grassroots.

Conclusion:

Summarize your answer while highlighting the need for democratic decentralization in India