Sarpanch, Jore Bazar panchayat, Maharashtra
Panchayatiraj helped the villages to make real Gandhiji's dream of Gram Swaraj. It brought development programmes to the village. The biggest sign of its success is participation of youths in local governance. Earlier, only elderly people took interest in functioning of Panchayat affairs.
Youths with professional degrees now participate in village elections. I term it as reverse 'migration'. These people initiate new design of development. Earlier there were only two models of development: Government and NGO models. Panchayatiraj is the new model.
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