About the Book :
This study revealed the faulty design of panchayat finance in Tamil nadu. The appearance of decentralization of powers is deceptive. The three articies in this monograph analyses deeply how provision of the constitutions are violated through operationalising the decentralization design. It suggests a new sound local body finance policy and a local body financial management system for Tamil Nadu. Further it recommends that tax reform is need of the hour from the perspective of local bodies eith a view to increase the tax domain of local bodies. It also suggests that the share of local bodies in the resource pool of the centre and state governments has to be enhanced. Finally a data generation system should be in place at the ground for effective and efficient decision and policy making.
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.
Kalpana Sathish is an activist working for the promotion and protection of human rights for more than 15 years. She has written articles in the leading newspapers on the critiques of present governance system and its inter-connection with societal structure of caste and gender. She also associates with people organizations representing dalits, adivasis, and coastal communities and engage in advocating their demands. Recently, Kalpana has been involved in developing a curriculum on child rights, gender rights for school children and post-graduate students.