Women representation in Panchayat raj institutions a case study of Shimoga District
Author(s): Dr. Anantha S
Abstract: The Article focus mainly on the constitutional provision for women to get representation in Panchayat Raj Institutions. The 73rd amendment to the constitution provides reservation for women which opens up the avenues to participate in preparing action plan, collection of revenue, allocation of resources, identification of beneficiaries at village level. These representatives have a “big say’’ in the decision – making process.
The Researcher has the primary objective of examining the aspects live; a) to see whether reservation for women in Panchayat Raj Institutions have enabled them to realize their potential as decision-makers. C) To understand to what extent women members participate in the process of decision-making.
An empirical study was conducted in shivamogga District of Karnataka. The study covered one Zilla Panchayat, three Taluk Panchayat Samithies and 15 Grama Panchayats. Few women members were more dynamic in carrying out their roles and responsibilities. The important causes for representation being only nominal are: lack of education, patriarchal society, absence of courage and boldness, prevalence of shyness and inhibition, familial responsibilities etc. As a result women members have not completely succeeded in taking proactive participation in the administrative and developmental affairs of PRIs.