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Bihar Sarpanchs’s judicial power to impose fines: is it a good idea?

    Panchayat: some goodness, some perils? Patna: according to the latest reports, village heads in Bihar have been given judicial power to punish and impose fine on those violating rules, said a minister on Monday. Normally, a move to decentralize power to the local representative is a good move in a democracy. But does such reasoning apply to Bihar villages known for their caste conflicts? There is always a possibility of a Sarpanch using the legal remedy as a weapon of personal revenge, of specific castes or groups seeking scapegoats. In a society where the upper and the middle castes... 

Bihar panchayat bans mobile phone for unmarried women: going the khap way?

Mobile power: under shadow? Patna: in recent times, bicycles and cell phones have been the vehicles of women’s empowerment in the villages of Bihar. But the male dominated society is wont to allow only the prescribed doses of freedom and power to the women. According to reports, a village council in Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls, said a council member on Wednesday. The decision was taken on Tuesday evening at a meeting of Somgarh panchayat (council) in West Champaran district. The panchayat also threatened to impose heavy fine on the girls’ families if they... 

All 8,402 panchayats of Bihar to have their own Panchayat Sarkar Bhavan

  Bihar panchayat building: a model Patna: according to the latest reports, all the 8,402 panchayats of the state will have their own Panchayat Sarkar Bhavan, with each of them costing  Rs 83 lakh each. In the first phase 1,765 panchayats will be covered. This was announced by CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday while kicking off the construction work of 500 panchayat buildings. Addressing a meeting, the CM said a permanent Bihar Panchayati Raj Training Centre with its centre in each district will also be opened. “An autonomous panchayat engineering organization will be constituted to make... 

Should political parties fight panchayat elections in Bihar?

Should political parties fight panchayat elections in Bihar? a panchayat campaign in Bihar Patna: yesterday the deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi announced a slew of measures to be implemented in the panchayats of Bihar. They are as follows: 1.Construction of panchayat buildings from where the panchayat officials will have to operate. 2. Appointment of 25,000 staff for panchayats as development officials, accountants and engineers. As part of the same executive announcements, the deputy CM made a political point which we need to take note of. According to him, the BJP in Bihar is against... 
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