x, 204p., Figs., Maps, Tables, App., Index, 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. Panchayat Models in Bihar; 2. Panchayat Elections, 2001: Emerging Scene; 3. The New Bihar Panchayat Raj Act, 1993:A District-Centric System; 4. Task before the Bihar State Finance Commission; 5. Planning from Below; 6. Decentralising Planning; 7. Towards Village Planning; 8. A Model of Spatial Village Planning; 9. The Village Trinity; 10. A Village Plan Model: Antyodaya; 11. A Gramdan Model of Panchayats; 12. Rural Poverty-A Poverty of Governance (An Annexure to Section 11); 13. Elected Representatives Versus Officials; 14. Summary and Recommendations.
People, power and poverty lie at he bottom of democracy but the system operates from the top. This crates the panchayat dilemma. Panchayat is said to be the god that failed but remains the last hope of the poor in the villages. Will Indian democracy take a U-turn to reach the poor-is a big question mark.
The book may open new doors for the success of Panchayats and more realistic approach to village Panchayats as vibrant units of development for the poor.