Local Government: Its Role in Development Administration

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  • Author :V.G. Nandedkar
  • Year of Publication :1979
  • ISBN: :000000040X
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XII, 204
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Public Administration

About the Book :

Pachayati Raj institutions are a new version of local government. These cover a wide range of functions, civic and developmental. Both the functions are organically linked together. The present book tries to enlighten the unity in the apparent dichotomy in the functions of local government and of the development organization as these are fused in Panchayati Raj institutions. Panchayati Raj institutions called in Maharashtra as Zilla Parishad have vitalized the process of decision-making at the local government level and have increased popular participation in the area planning. These have also extended distributive benefits to larger areas and people including the hitherto socially and economically neglected sections of the community. Democratic decentralization in the form of Zilla Parishad institutions is a right step in building up the community sense. The present book is a case study of Nasik Zilla Parishad, District Nasik (Maharashtra). Though the Panchayati Raj institutions have been modeled on the proto-type supplied by the Balwantrai Mehta Committee, all States differ more than agree on the powers and functions of these institutions. Even within a State there are wide variations in the functional performance of these bodies on account of the nature of leadership offered by these organizations the level  of politicization of the people, the impact of geographic conditions and the extent of economic development of the district and similar other variable. These increases the importance of a case study and its crystallized conclusions would help towards the better understanding of Panchayati Raj institutions.

About Author :

V.G. Nandedkar obtained his M.A. in Politics and Ph.D. in Public Administration (Rural Development Administration) from the University of Poona. He worked as the Professor and Head, Department of Politics in Modern College, Poona, and was associated with the University Teaching Programme and its Various academic bodies. Dr. Nandedkar is currently Reader in Local Government in the Regional Centre for Training and Research in Municipal Administration of the All India Institute of Local Self Government, Bombay. He has contributed several articles and papers to the journals and seminars dealing with Various aspects of local government. He has published two research reports: (i) Water-Supply as Public Utility and (ii) Administrative Problems of Metropolitan Areas: A Case Study of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Area (Co-author).