A Comparative Study of Village Councils in Mizoram and Panchayati Raj Institutions: A Critical Appraisal

A Comparative Study of Village Councils in Mizoram and Panchayati Raj Institutions: A Critical Appraisal

ABSTRACT

The Village Councils have been functioning in Mizoram as the lowest administrative units at the village level, replacing the traditional Chieftainship since 1954. Its credibility.  However, as an institution of a vibrant local self-government is questioned in terms of its limited financial resources for the realization of development. Due to this, the conversion of the existing Village Council into Panchayati Raj Institutions along national model has been mooted intensely not only at the local level, but at the official level as well. This paper is an attempt to study both the Village Councils and Panchayati Raj Institutions in the context of Mizoram. The first part deals with the origin, powers and functions of the Village Councils which have been qualitatively transformed with the passages of time from 1954 to 2017. In the second part, the evolution and powers along with the current position of Panchayati Raj System are discussed. The third part entirely focuses on the study of similarities and differences of both the Village Council and Panchayati Raj Institutions. The last part attempts to present suggestions and recommendations for the Village Council in light of the recommendations submitted by the Fourteenth Finance Commission for a period during 2015-2020.

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