Wed, April 24
National Panchayat Raj 2013
The Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24th April, 1993 has institutionalized Panchayati Raj through the Village, Intermediate and District levels Panchayats. This date thus marks a defining moment in the history of decentralization of political power to the grassroots level. The impact of the 73rd Amendment in rural India is very visible as it has changed power equations irreversibly. Accordingly, the Government of India decided in consultation with the States to celebrate 24th April as National Panchayati Raj Day. Ministry of Panchayati Raj organises National Conference on 24th April every year to commemorate the National Panchayati Raj Diwas.
The Prime Minister released The State of Panchayats Report 2008-09 on this occasion. This report is in two volumes. He also gave away awards to Six States namely, Kerala , Karnataka, Tamil Nadu , West Bengal, Maharashtra and Sikkim for the best performing States under the Panchayat Empowerment & Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS). Kerala & Karnataka received 1st Prize of Rs. Rs. 2.50 crore each. The 2nd prize of Rs. 1.50 crore each was awarded to . Tamil Nadu , West Bengal each. Maharashtra bagged 3rd prize of Rs. One crore while Sikkim received Rs. One crore as the Best performing North East State.