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Prime Minister to launch ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday’ campaign

  1. News: The Centre, in collaboration with States and panchayats, will launch a 11-day, nation-wide village self-governance campaign.
  2. Aim: To improve rural livelihoods and strengthening the Panchayati Raj across the country,
  3. It will begin on April 14 from Mhow in MP, on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
  4. Activities: A social harmony programme along with village farmer assemblies will be held in gram panchayats, focussing on agriculture and farmers

50% quota for women in panchayats planned

  1. Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj would be pushing a Constitutional amendment for PRIs
  2. It seeks to increase the reservation for women in panchayats from 33% to 50% in the budget session of Parliament
  3. Already, States like MP, HP, Bihar and Uttarakhand have provided 50% reservation to women in panchayats
  4. It would also bring changes in the law to reserve a particular ward for women for 2 terms of five years each
  5. This will ensure that they can undertake developmental activities in a continued fashion

Newly-formed Panchayats get HC Axe

  1. Kerala High Court quashed the notifications creating new panchayats by carving out parts of existing villages without notification by the Governor.
  2. According to Article 243 (g) of the Constitution, a village can come into existence only after a notification by the Governor.
  3. No panchayat can be formed without first conferring the status of a village to an area where the panchayat is to be formed.


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