Panchayati Raj Success Story

Panchayati Raj Success Story

A seat in Ward Panch, Ward No. 2 of Tangroti Khas Gram Panchayat, remained vacant for over two years due to the unavailability of candidates. This seat was reserved exclusively for Scheduled Caste women. As a result, the villagers of this ward were deprived of proper representation in Gram Panchayat meetings.

When the “Gender and Local Self-Government” project commenced, this issue was raised and discussed in a local Mahila Mandal meeting. With guidance from CORD team members, the Mahila Mandal members unanimously passed a resolution during their meeting. They also sent a written memorandum to the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, urging a by-election for this ward. Simultaneously, the villagers were sensitized and made aware of the significance of the Panchayati Raj system.

The efforts of the Mahila Mandal and CORD bore fruit when the government announced the date for by-elections in October 2022. The local villagers of this ward elected a female Ward Panch, Smt. Sunita Devi, with a general consensus.

This is a rare example where a female Ward Panch was elected with the unanimous support of all villagers in her ward.