Critically examine the concept of Decentralisation in India


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As the need for decentralisation was very much recognised in our constitution so, various attempts have been made to decentralise power to the level of villages and towns, e.g., Panchayats in villages and Municipalities in urban areas have been set up in all the states.
(i) But in all practical sense the concept of decentralisation is not very much applied in all the states.
(ii) The local bodies are directly under the control of state governments.
(iii) The elections to these local bodies/governments are not held regularly.
(iv) Local governments do not have any powers or resources of their own, like Agriculture and commerce.