ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000



VOLUME : 5, ISSUE : 3, July-September, 2017 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)

Effective Management of Panchayats in India- An Approach Paper

Ajay S Singh

This study examines the issues affecting decentralisation and empowerment of PRIs in India. It analyses the root cause of ineffective delegation of powers by looking at functions, functionaries and finances. Transfer of functions without functionaries is not of any use. Similarly transfer of functionaries or providing functionaries without accountability and proper skills is not going to offer desired benefits. Providing autonomy to PRIs is a long term goal and it may be done only by strengthening PRIs through proper institution building and making them grow like corporate.The paper prescribes use of ICT for the betterment of financial management and book keeping without adding more burden on already constrained resources of Panchayats. The paper deals in detail the existing software and how these may be synergised to get useful information without doing redundant and duplicate activities for financial management and monitoring
Keywords: Accountability, autonomy, Block Development Officer (BDO), capacity building, decentralization, Gram Panchayat(GP), Panchayat, Public Financial Management System (PFMS), transparency.