Panchayats in Disaster: Preparedness and Management

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  • Author :G. Palanithurai
  • Year of Publication :2009
  • ISBN: :9788180694790
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XV, 198
  • Size: 25 cms
  • Categories: Panchayati Raj, Political Science

About the Book :

This book examines the role of Panchayats in disaster management in India. Based on an action research carried out in four states Gujarat, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, it analyses the response of the communities and Panchayats towards tsunami and other natural disasters, with specific reference to the issues of gender and exclusion in relief as well as rehabilitation work. Also, it deals with the communication system in the entire coastal area for early warning messages to the communities, the interface between traditional and constitutional Panchayats, the disaster management policy, and relief codes from the perspective of local grassroots governance. The relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction activities undertaken by government institutions and NGOs have been evaluated as well. The book is useful for researchers, policy makers and development workers.

About Author :

Ganapathy Palanithurai, Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj studies, Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute—Deemed University, Gandhigram is an academic activist working with academic community, civil society, policy community and political community to impress upon them the importance and need of democratic local governance in India to enable the poor to lead a decent dignified human life. All his academic, research and outreach activities are being supported by an array of funding agencies namely the World Bank, the UNDP, the UNICEF, the Hunger Project, SDC, DANIDA, Action Aid International, the Ford Foundation, Population Foundation of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Toolkit Foundation—Netherland, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and State Planning Commission. He was a visiting Professor in Cologne University, Germany. He has to his credit seventy three books, 126 research articles, 112 popular articles in popular newspapers, 83 monographs published in a span of three decades. He is the coordinator of UGC-SAP and UGC innovative programme. He held several administrative positions like Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dean, Student's Welfare, Member, Syndicate, Member Senate, Member, and Academic Council in Gandhigram Rural Institute. He was and is member of many advisory committees of the Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu pertinent to local government and rural development.