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1. An elected village council in India.
2. A traditional village, caste, or tribal council in South Asia.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a village council in India
[Hindi, from Sanskrit panch five, because such councils originally consisted of five members]
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Noun1.panchayat - a village council in India or southern Pakistan
council - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan - a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
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Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] January 7 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday constituted a seven-member Cabinet sub-committee with Panchayati Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao as its chairman for the preparation of Panchayati Raj Bill.
In order to improve access to clean cooking energy, MNRE is implementing Unnat Chulha Abhiyan program that seeks to move Indian cooking solutions by 2030," said Debasis Pal, deputy secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
India, May 18 -- The fact that this malpractice is being done with the connivance of the officers in charge of the Panchayat and Rural Development department of the state governments makes the Panchayati Raj system a laughing stock.
Panchayati Raj institutions and rural development; narratives on inclusion of excluded.
This essay reflects on strategies for women's empowerment in light of the enactment of the 73rd constitutional amendment, Panchayati Raj, in the Indian Constitution, in 1992.
He also said that the Congress played a vital role in transforming the Panchayati Raj system
THE prickly issue of panchayati raj in Jammu and Kashmir came to the fore on Thursday after Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi defended the sarpanch who had disrupted his speech recently and stressed on empowering institution.
New Delhi, Nov 7 ( ANI ): President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of an encyclopedic publication titled "Status of Panchayati Raj in the States and Union Territories of India 2013" at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
THE effective functioning of the panchayati raj institutions rests not with state governments, as is the general belief, but with the Centre, say the governmentappointed expert committee on panchayati raj.
Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who expressed his support for Omar Abdullah, said that the two leaders have been discussing the implementation of Panchayati Raj here.
We have to make the institution of Panchayati Raj strong.
In his address on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Divas - 2013 here, Dr.