Author(s): Govt of JK
The J&K Panchayati Raj Act was en acted in 1989. The first elections under the Act were held in 2001, although they could not be completed in all parts of the state due to the prevailing si tuation. The panchayat bodies could not, therefore, become functi onal in the State in the last two decades. In the intervening years, panchayat institutions in other parts of the country have evolved with the backing of the 73 rd Amendment to the Constitution of India. The strengthening of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), with properly defined role in local planning, deci sion-making and supervision, is being advocated as an essential part of th e governance reforms agenda by both the government as well as civil society groups.