Institutional re-engineering in local governance is very relevant in the context of 833 million people who continue to live in the rural hinterlands and a very large proportion of whom are either wholly or significantly still dependent for their livelihood on farm as well as non-farm activities.
by Abhilaksh Likhi
Schedule 11 of the Constitution of India mentions 29 subjects wherein Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) can be endowed with such power and authority that enables them to function as genuine institutions of self-governance. The inclusion of subjects ranging from sectors as diverse as agriculture, health, education, social development to industries and infrastructure underlines the fundamental belief of the Constitution makers in fostering greater control of village communities over natural resources. …..