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Two village councils have governance lessons for India

A silent transformation has been taking place in two gram panchayats (village councils) in Karnataka, over the past four years

As a nationwide clamour grows for better governance, an example of the hard-work and planning required to achieve that comes from the grassroots in southern India. A silent transformation has been taking place in two gram panchayats (village councils) in Karnataka’s OorkunteMittur, Kolar district, and Dibburhalli, Chikkaballapur district, over the past four years. Karnataka is considered a champion in decentralisation; it is among seven of 30 states that has devolved all 29 functions to the level of the panchayat. In many others, these powers still rests with the state ...