The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee (second from the left) received the first copy of an encyclopedic publication titled “Status of Panchayati Raj in the States and Union Territories of India 2013” at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official home of the President of India, on 6th November 2013.
The volume was presented by General Editor Dr. George Mathew (middle), Chairman of Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in the presence of former panchayati raj minister Mani Shankar Aiyar (the left). Also in the photo are Secretary to Chairman of ISS, Sapna Sharma (the right) and Director of ISS, Ash Narayan Roy (second from the right).
The 737-page volume traces the history of rural local governments from the colonial period to the present day. Apart from an introduction which gives an overview of the Panchayati Raj (a decentralized form of Government) system, the volume has special articles such as “Appraisal of Panchayats (village council) in Fifth Scheduled Areas”, “Panchayats and Women” and “Fiscal Decentralization”.
The publication provides exhaustive data on Blocks/Talukas (group of villages)/Mandals (combination of some Panchayats) and Districts based on the 2001 and 2011 Census along with maps, demographic data on the Districts and Blocks as also the socio-economic profiles of each State and Union Territory.
This story was reported by Sapna Sharma, Secretary to Chairman of ISS New Delhi