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Govt to table Panchayat Bill in winter session

The concept of the Nayaya Panchayat was based on certain speeches of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2006 16:15 IST

In an effort to settle disputes at local level, Government will be introducing a "Nyaya Panchayat" Bill in the winter session of Parliament, Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Saturday.

"We will be introducing a Bill on Nyaya Panchayat in the winter session of Parliament," he told reporters on the sidelines of a Workshop of Writers and Thinkers on Local Government and Panchayati Raj in New Delhi.

Aiyar said a Committee headed by Upendra Baxi, former Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, has been set up to prepare a draft in this regard.

He said the concept of the Nayaya Panchayat was based on certain speeches of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The Minister said the work on the proposed Bill was on and the draft would be ready by the end of the monsoon session and it would be introduced in the winter session.

Once a legislation was enacted in this regard, he said, this would provide legal status to Panchayats for "non-formal dispute settlement" at local level.

The terms of reference of the Baxi Committee included preparing a comprehensive draft proposal, model rules and guidelines and draft explanation about the Bill.

The Minister also announced holding of a day-long meeting on July 14 of PESA (Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas) states to determine the condition of Panchayats there.

But before that, Aiyar said, he would be having a meeting of Group of Ministers to suggest their views to strengthen Panchayati Raj Institutions in these states.