Haryana to award panchayats elected unanimously

To promote "harmony and unity", the Haryana government has decided to award up to Rs 11 lakh each to panchayats and other local bodies which are elected unanimously during the upcoming panchayat elections in the state.

Panchayat in Theni to impose fine on those selling plastic

With a view to curbing use of plastic bags, Panchayats of this district have decided to impose fine on those selling banned plastic cups and bags and using them in roadside eateries and hotels.

Media is ‘oxygen’ for decentralised planning, say experts

Devolution of powers to the block and Panchayat level is not possible without media playing a constructive role, said experts at a media workshop on decentralised planning this week, in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. The workshop aims to familiarise media people with local planning processes and good practices with focus on the larger picture of decentralisation and convergence.

States reluctant to transfer power to panchayats: Minister

Many states are reluctant to transfer powers to Panchayati Raj bodies though the Constitution has granted provisions for the same, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh said on Friday.

Kannur to be made city corporation, 66 new panchayats

Months ahead of the civic polls in Kerala, the Congress-led UDF government on Wednesday took an in-principle decision to carve out 66 new village panchayats, 28 municipalities and elevate Kannur Municipality as a city corporation.

Broadband for all panchayats by 2016 too ambitious target: TRAI

 As government targets to expand broadband connectivity to all 2.5 lakh panchayats of the country by 2016, telecom regulator TRAI chief Rahul Khullar today termed it as a very "ambitious" target, saying believing in it would be like "deluding ourselves".

Bihar to prepare master plan for all 8392 panchayats by Dec

The Bihar government has decided to prepare master plan for each of 8392 gram panchayats for better delivery of schemes, state Rural Development minister Nitish Mishra said today.

Arunachal gets award for devolution of power to panchayats

Arunachal Pradesh has been chosen for national award for devolution of powers to the three-tier panchayati raj system under the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashastikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) for the years 2013 and 2014.

Panchayats` re-demarcation before 2015: Rajasthan govt

The process of re-demarcation of panchayats in the state would be completed before its next election by February 2015 based on the latest census of 2011, Rajasthan Assembly was told on Friday.

Telangana govt proposes to introduce 2,400 e-Panchayats

Telangana has proposed to introduce e-Panchayats initiative in 2,400 Gram Panchayats (GPs) providing computer services at the lowest level of the government.

Rahul Gandhi meets J&K panches, promises more power to panchayats

Panches and sarpanches will have a say in selection of 16 Congress candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, party vice president Rahul Gandhi told a delegation of panchayat members of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

Paddy procurement low in drought-hit Bihar

Government agencies in drought-hit Bihar have procured less than two percent of paddy in the last two months against the target of 24 lakh tonnes this kharif season, officials said Friday.

Panchayats to oversee functioning of schools in J&K

In a bid to check drop out rates in schools and ensure attendance of staff, the Jammu and Kashmir government has given powers to the panchayats to oversee functioning of schools.

Jharkhand restores decision to give sand mining right to panchayats

Jharkhand government on Thursday restored its earlier decision to give rights to the panchayats over sand mining.

`Crackdown on landlords who illegally rent out to foreigners`

The village panchayat of Parra, the home to several Nigerians in Goa, has decided to launch a crackdown on house owners who have illegally rented out their places to foreigners.

AJKPC accuses J&K govt of undermining autonomy of PRIs

An organisation representing Panchayats on Monday accused the Jammu and Kashmir government of trying to undermine the autonomy of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state.

Ramesh laments `mukhiyapati` ruling in panchayats

Union Minister Jairam Ramesh today lamented that "mukhiyapati" (husband of women village chief) were ruling the roost in panchayats.

HP Cabinet switches back to indirect polls for local bodies

The Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Friday reversed the decision of the previous BJP government in the state which prescribed direct elections for various posts.

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.

Oppn stages walkout, ruckus in J&K Assembly

Opposition parties Monday hit out at J&K govt in the state Assembly for its failure to empower Panchayats under a central amendment and discriminating Jammu region in providing model villages and staged a walkout.