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Decentralisation : Need for Reforms

D N Gupta

ISBN 10: 8180691411 / ISBN 13: 9788180691416
Published by Concept, New Delhi, 2004
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Contents Preface. I. Status of decentralization in India 1. Introduction need of study of decentralization. 2. Decentralization evolution and constitutional amendment. 3. Measures by states for decentralisation. 4. Field study and survey of process of decentralisation. 5. Analysis of process of decentralisation. II. Decentralisation and governance needed reforms 6. Integrative approach for decentralisation. 7. Conclusions setting reform agenda. Appendices i. Recommendations about global and specific revenue sharing and other general grants by SFCs. ii. Plan outlay for annual plan 2000 2001 for the schemes/programmes of the central ministries under the subject mentioned in the eleventh schedule of constitution. iii. Plat outlay for annual plan 2000 2001 for the schemes/programmes of the state plan of the state governments under the subject mentioned in the eleventh schedule of constitution. iv. Number of Panchayati Raj Institutions in India. v. Number of elected members of Panchayats in different states in India. vi. The constitution (seventy third amendment) Act 1992. vii. The provisions of the Panchayats (extension to the scheduled areas) Act 1996. viii. Agenda for future research studies. References. Index. World over decentralisation has been viewed as an instrument for meeting aspirations of local people. India has embarked on this process since later part of 1950s but decentralisation got a new dimension by way of 73 Constitution Amendment Act in 1993. Though the constitution Amendment is considered a landmark of sorts for strengthening the Panchayati Raj institutions yet as reflected from the field study and analysis neither from the point of people's participation nor from the perspective of capacity of PR institutions to deliver in the rural areas does the Act prove to be effective. Under the given state of socio economic and political disparities and the poor capacity of the Panchayats to deliver reforms are very critically required. Reforms must begin by creating enabling environment. It requires initiatives for reducing inequalities making basic services available to people and enhancing the access for opportunities. And the reforms should focus on fundamentals i. how the decentralisation can contribute to achieving objective of mobilizing people ii. how the decentralisation can increase the government responsiveness to the aspirations of various interest groups and provide them good quality of life and iii. how the decentralisation can improve economic and managerial efficiency. It calls for primacy of human resources development institution building and initiating right development policies. Each state should come out with clearly defined contours of action plan. The book emphasizes that more than the legislations though necessary (also further amendments may be required in some cases) socio economic and institutional reforms are essential for meaningful people's participation in democratic and development process and improving efficacy of Panchayats to deliver. And for good governance reforms have to be a focal concern. 476 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 54145

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Title: Decentralisation : Need for Reforms

Publisher: Concept, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

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