Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Panchayati Raj
24-August-2012 17:16 IST
Empowerment of Gram Sabha

The Minister of Panchayati Raj Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo has said that the functioning of the Panchayats is governed by the provisions contained in Part IX of the Constitution. As per Article 243G, States are to empower the Panchayats with such powers and authority as may be necessary to enable them to function as institutions of self government and to plan and implement schemes for economic development and social justice including those in relation to matters listed in the Eleventh Schedule. Similarly Article 243A states that a Gram Sabha may exercise such powers and perform such functions at the village level as the legislature of a State may by law provide. The functioning of the Panchayats and the Gram Sabha varies across States depending on the extent of their empowerment by the States. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj periodically reviews the working of PRIs with the State Governments in meetings, through field visits and other forums. Ministry of Panchayati Raj has issued guidelines to all the States for effective functioning of the Gram Sabha. The Ministry also awards Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar to encourage effective Gram Sabha. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha today, he said,