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The Local Administrative System in India

  • Jitendra G. Wasnik
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Abstract

The local administrative system in India is divided into rural governance (panchayati raj) and urban governance. The 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments have changed this system significantly, enabling rural and urban governance to function more effectively. Local government, however, has been criticized for its inefficiency, poor service delivery, and mismanagement. Fortunately, scholars have overwhelmingly advocated for an efficient democratic local government as a tool for socio-economic development in India, as it has been widely argued that local people understand their particular problems more than do others and are thus better positioned to address their problems in substantial ways. To this end, local government should improve its functioning and efficiency. In India, the conditions of service of local government employees are established through acts passed by the state legislatures, constitutional provisions, and the relevant ministries or departments. The interpretation and implementation of these conditions of service are left to the state government and local government authorities as per the respective acts and laws. Local governance needs to step up its activity to ensure improved service delivery, taking into consideration the local needs and demands.

Keywords

Decentralization Local democracy Local government Panchayats India 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jitendra G. Wasnik
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  1. 1.Department of Public Administration and Local Self GovernmentRTM Nagpur UniversityNagpurIndia

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