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Performance of Gram Sabha in Fifth Schedule Areas: A Grassroots Level Analysis of undivided Andhra Pradesh, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept. of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana State, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (5), Pages 37-46, May,14 (2016)


The paper attempts to understand the performance of Gram Sabhas in Fifth Schedule Areas, which are meant for protection and preservation of tribal traditional identity and autonomy. In fact, the traditional and statutory panchayats are co-existing in these areas. A traditional panchayat has an informal mechanism for dealing with the daily lives of Scheduled Tribes based on their customs, traditions etc., whereas. onthe other hand, the statutory panchayat is constituted with the help of voters of a particular segment, which is popularly known as Panchayati Raj Institution. In fact, Gram Sabhas are the foundations of the decentralised democratic system and play a crucial role in ensuring a transparent and accountable administration. However, the actual performance of Gram Sabha is different in Fifth Schedule Areas because of interface between traditional and statutory panchayats. Therefore, this paper sensitizes the actual scenario of Gram Sabhas in these areas


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