The concept of and need for public participation in development-Grass-root democracy-origin, evolution and working of community Development and Extension Programmes-Panchayat Raj Structure, organisation, functions and resources - Reports of various committees on Panchayat Raj in India-Impact, achievements and difficulties in Panchayat Raj - Case studies of Panchayat Raj in West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and other states.
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