Ministry of Panchayati Raj

The Republic of India is a vast country. Panchayati Raj is an effort of the Indian government to administer effective government codes in the rural areas of the country. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj is headed by the Honorable Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar.

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj is the nodal body governing the Gram Panchayat system. The ministry has oversight of all state Panchayat bodies. The Panchayat, according to the Indian administrative code, is a form of government where a rural administrative entity is responsible for its own affairs. The rural administrative entity takes the form of a village.

The Panchayati Raj is made up of 3 levels of governance. The 3 ascending levels are village, block and district. The Panchayati system assumes the title of "Panchayat" in the village level. The village Panchayat has a number of responsible persons making up the local administrative structure. The minimum number of members required to make up a Panchayat body is 7 individuals. The block level Panchayat system acquires the name "Panchayat Samiti" for clear administrative usage. The benefits of such a decentralized administrative structure are a better rural government. The government is more attuned with the needs of its citizens. The Panchayat network also acts as an information disseminator of government policies to the Indian rural populace.

The Minister and address of the Indian Ministry of Panchayati Raj is:

Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar
Room number 401 C
Shastri Bhawan
New Delhi

Last Updated on 1st Oct 2012