Centre enhances fund under IAY by Rs 25,000: Kushwaha

As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of house for all in next seven years, the Centre has enhanced unit cost for building dwellings under Indira Awas Yojna by Rs 25,000 by including labour and toilet components, Union minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Upendra Kushwaha said on Thursday.

Govt to give more powers to Panchayati Raj institutions

The government said it is trying to give more powers to Panchayati Raj institutions even as it admitted that there is widespread corruption in the grassroot system.

AJKPC welcomes Cabinet nod for Panchayati Raj Act amendments

All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) has welcomed state Cabinet`s approval to extend provisions of 73rd constitutional amendment to the state for empowering panchayati raj institutions.

GJM demands three-tier panchayat in Darjeeling Hills

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha demanded the introduction of the three-tier Panchayati Raj system in Darjeeling.

President presented publication on panchayati raj

President Pranab Mukherjee was presented an encyclopaedic publication on the status of panchayati raj institutions in the country, an official release said.

Will urge Omar govt to implement Panchayat Raj Act: Soni

Ruling coalition member Congress on Saturday said it will talk to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the issue of implementation of the Panchayati Raj (PR) Amendment Act in J&K and urge him to adopt the same within two months.

Goa government`s grassroots democracy muddled: Church

The Goa government is muddled as far as grassroots democratic concepts are concerned, the social arm of the influential Catholic church in Goa said.

Himachal Pradesh`s zila parishad gets national award

A zila parishad of Himachal Pradesh received a national award for adopting innovative measures to strengthen panchayati raj institutions.

Lot needs to be done to empower panchayats: PM

PM Manmohan Singh made a strong pitch for an "immediate change in this mindset" to strengthen and empower Panchayati Raj institutions.

Lot needs to be done to empower panchayats: PM

Pushing for power and responsibilities to panchayati raj institutions, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for change in the thinking.

Give voters` greater say in choice of candidates: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said that political parties should reflect the voters` views in the choice of candidates for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

AP govt asked to hold local poll on existing quota

The Supreme Court Monday asked the Andhra Pradesh Government to conduct elections to urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions on the basis of existing 60.5 quota to backward classes.

No development in Assam in past 11 years: BJP

BJP has accused the ruling Congress in Assam of being involved in "siphoning off" money allotted for development projects under the `panchayati raj` system during the past 11 years.

Omar hails NC-Congress victory in J&K

The victory of National Conference-Congress coalition in all the four seats in Jammu and Kashmir legislative council from the panchayat quota is a severe jolt to the Opposition, Omar Abdullah said.

NC, Congress to jointly contest J&K legislative council polls

The National Conference and its coalition partner Congress will jointly contest the polls to fill up vacancies in the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council.

`Centre keen to improve road link to tribal regions`

The Centre was keen to improve road connectivity to tribal and remote regions to ensure their development, Union Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo said on Friday.

J&K opposition parties for implementation of 73rd amendment

Opposition parties on Monday called for an amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act.

Haryana Police to patrol rural areas to curb crime

Under fire for failing to stop rape and growing criminal acts, the Haryana Police have told its officers to daily visit villages and slums.

NC-led govt undermining democratic institutions: Mufti

PDP alleged the NC-led government was systematically eroding sanctity of democratic institutions like Panchayati Raj in Jammu and Kashmir.

J&K govt releases Rs 57 crore for Panchayati Raj institutions

The Jammu and Kashmir government has released an amount of Rs 57 crore for creation of assets for the Panchayat Raj institutions.