Two decades on, it is time to reform functioning of local bodies
After two decades of implementation of the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act 1993, the State government has decided to introspect on the relevance of the Act for its effective implementation in the days ahead.
Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj H.K. Patil, said a committee, headed by Congress MLA Ramesh Kumar, would study the relevance of the Act for effective implementation of various schemes by local bodies.
The committee members would visit States that have earned the reputation of delegating powers to local bodies. Several programmes are being implemented by the gram panchayat these days and there was a need to reform the functioning of local bodies, he said.
The committee has decided to submit a report to the government after studying the functioning of local bodies in other States, Mr. Patil said.
Mr. Ramesh Kumar said the panel would visit States where delivery of services such as drinking water, roads, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, drainage, literacy and other programmes have been effective.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Act in Karnataka, too, would be studied while preparing the report, he said.