Inclusion of Local Aspirations in the Village Development Plans: A Case Study of the Semi-Arid in Maharashtra

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Participatory governance at the village level allows for active deliberations by all sections of a village community. Such dialogues, regarding their needs and the requirements in turn lead to an efficient bottom-up approach of planning. This is something that is missed out in the larger narrative of national and state policies. Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDP) are village development plans introduced by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, in 2015 to further the process of inclusivity of differential local needs in village development plans. The paper analyses the village development plans of four villages from the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India. The overall objective is to examine whether the local governance mechanisms sufficiently address the needs and priorities of the local communities, especially in the context of village development plans and to identify constraints in functioning of village-level institutions.

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