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.
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".
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.
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.
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.