About panchayat

After reorganisation, the State has now 8-Districts and 58-Blocks in the State. The strengthening the local Self Government has also been emphasised, the Grams also reorganised and 96 new Grams have been notified. The 5th Panchayat General Elections were held in July, 2014 and constituted 511 Gram Panchayats, 35- Panchayat Samities and 8- Zilla Parishads in reorganized areas of the State.

The Block Advisory Committee (BAC) has also increased from 37 to 40 under the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas and total 527 village committees are also functioning under the TTAADC area.

Consequent to the 73rd Constitution Amendment, Panchayats at the village level, intermediate level i.e., Block level and at the District level have been constituted in the State through General Elections to three tier Panchayats which were held in 1994. The second and third Panchayat General Elections to three tier Panchayats of the State were held in July, 1999 July, 2004, July 2009 and July 2014. The Government of Tripura has made constant efforts to devolve functions and powers to the elected Panchayat bodies. In Tripura, soon after enforcement of the 73rd Constitution Amendment, a new Act named "The Tripura Panchayats Act 1993" has been enacted which came into force from November, 1993.

It is significant that upto 50 percent reservation for women in the office of members and bearers in these village committees have been made from the last election held during February, 2011.

Tripura has made a stride towards decentralization of powers and functions by having three tier panchayat systems. Earlier a provision has been made to raise reservation for women in the office of members as well as office of the Chairman Upto 50 percent in the State. Tripura is one of the leading States to increase the women's participation in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).

Moreover, steps have been taken to develop e-learning modules for PRI representatives for further enhancing their capacity.

E-Panchayat Puraskar 2013-14

Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (PSP)
As a part of panchayat empowerment and accountability incentive scheme, the following national level awards were awarded during 2013-14:

i.Dhalai Zilla Parishad got PSP for Rs. 50 lakhs.

ii.Mandwi Block Advisory Committee under West District got Rs. 25 lakhs.

iii.Bilashpur Gram Panchyat under Chandipur RD Block of Unakoti District got Rs. 8 lakhs.

iv.Mandwi Village Committee under West District got Rs. 8 lakhs.

Panchayat Devolution Index 2013-14

As a part of devolution index under Rajib Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA), Tripura has been awarded Rs.1.50 crore for achieving 1st rank in the North Eastern Region and 12th rank in the National level.

Rastriya Gourav Gram Sabha Puraskar (RGGSP)

The prize is awarded for holding gram sabha effective decisions and also as a platform of social audit and transparency. The women leadership in Panchyat Raj Institutions (PRIs) has also been considered in 2013-14.

i.Purba Kalabariya Gram Panchayat under Bharat Chandra Nagar Block of South District got Rs.10 Lakhs.

ii.Chulubari Gram Panchayat under Durga Chowmuhani RD Block of Dhalai District got Rs. 10 lakhs.