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Decentralization, Cooperatives and Rural Development

R. Manjula (Editor) D. Rajasekhar (Editor) Nilesh Sharma (Editor)

Contents: 1. Introduction: Towards an Interface between Panchayats and Cooperatives/D. Rajasekhar, M. Devendra Babu and R. Manjula. 2 Panchayati Raj Movement in India: Some Aspects/B.S. Bhargava. 3 Panchayati Raj Institutions and Cooperatives/T. Paranjothi. 4 Characteristic Features of Local Governments: Derived from 73rd and 74th Amendment Acts of 1992 on Panchayats and Municipalities/Abdul Aziz. 5 Political and Administrative Decentralization in India: Vision and Reality/N. Sivanna and Nayakara Veeresha. 6 Myth or Reality of Decentralized Planning: The Case of India/M. Devendra Babu. 7 Fiscal Decentralization to Rural Local Governments in India: The Position in the Post-73rd Amendment Period/M. Devendra Babu. 8 Role of Panchayats in the Delivery of Drinking Water and Sanitation Services/D. Rajasekhar. 9 Public Works for Rural Development: Role of Gram Panchayats and Cooperatives/R. Manjula. 10 Panchayats, Cooperatives and Agriculture Sector: The Institutional and Development Linkages/M. Devendra Babu. 11 Gram Panchayats, Cooperatives and Micro-Finance/D. Rajasekhar. 12 Panchayat Raj Institutions and Cooperative Business Model for Sustainable Development/D. Ravi. Institutions improve access to qualitative services and are therefore considered to be important for rural development. In post-independence India, panchayats and cooperatives were entrusted with the responsibility of social and economic development at the village level. The vision was that these two institutions must function harmoniously and in a complementary manner for the speedy rural development. Subsequently, these two rural institutions have gone in different ways. In view of the worldwide recognition for decentralization and the role that decentralized institutions can play in rural development, several countries have embarked the path of decentralization and development approach to rural development. The strengthening of cooperatives for providing economic services has also been emphasised. It is in this context that this volume addresses the following questions: Are these two institutions collaborating with each other at the ground level? If yes, in what areas? If not, what are the potential areas of collaboration? What constraints exist in this collaboration? The papers in this volume explore the links between panchayats and cooperatives for rural development. While doing so, the papers discuss the promise of decentralization by taking Panchayat Raj Institutions in India as an example, and identify best practices that could be adopted in the South Asian countries for cooperative and rural development. Specifically, the papers discuss the evolution of panchayats and cooperatives in India, their role in rural development, and their problems and prospects. The way forward in developing an interface between these two institutions for rural development is also discussed. This volume will be of interest to academicians, students and policy makers. 

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Title Decentralization, Cooperatives and Rural Development
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131610862
length 200p.