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Panchayati Raj System in Karnataka: Trends and Issues1
Panchayati raj system in Karnataka: Trends and issues
B.S.Bhargava and K.Subha

The focus on rural development started with the realisation that the rural sector was underdeveloped economically, socially, politically and needed special attention from the government. Hence, the Community Development Programme was launched in 1952 covering the entire nation. Unfortunately, this programme could not deliver much. According to the observations of the Balwant Rai Mehta Committee (1957), the main factor that caused the failure of the Community Development Programme was the absence of people's participation. The Committee recommended the creation of a three-tier institutional arrangement to make people's participation meaningful and effective. Necessary legislation was to be enacted by every state to implement the panchayati raj system as a ...

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