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  project name ~ Participatory Panchayat Micro-Planning

category ~ Peoples Rights




  Project Name


Participatory Panchayat Micro-Planning



Rural Technology and Development Center



Peoples Rights






Himachal Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 3000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Sunita Mani
Vinodth Mohanam
Brunda Kattekola


Bay Area









Govt. of India enacted the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution in 1992 to give constitutional powers to Panchayat Raj Institutions. According to the Act, states have to change their laws to devolve funds, functions and functionaries to PRIs.

Even though many states have amended their laws to enact the 73rd Amendment, the implementation of the law has been very slow. The efficacy of the Act is realized only when the state facilitates local self-governance by de-centralizing the planning process and provides funds for the projects proposed by the PRIs.

The need for implementing this Act is even more felt in states like Himachal Pradesh where people hardly have access to government bodies due to the terrain, and yet have many local problems that need immediate attention.

RTDC facilitates the process of empowering PRIs by training them in planning and decision making. They work with the state government and other organizations running ongoing schemes, and provide input on implementing the projects through PRIs using the PPMP model. RTDC also organizes events to raise awareness among the people about their participation in the PRI’s decision taking process.





• Provision for the ward-level Up Gram Sabha in the Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act • Development and demonstration of methodology and manuals for hill-specific Participatory Panchayat Micro Planning (PPMP) and its mainstreaming as the official planning tool in HP''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s 3037 Panchayats • Officially declared pilot trial of local self-governance in Bhatiyat Development Block of Chamba District in cooperation with the Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Department, Govt. of HP • Produced a study on advocacy approaches for local self-governance for publication by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) • Active involvement in strategic design and staff training related to the HP Forest Sector Reforms Project • Trial of watershed management through the Panchayat in Chalada Panchayat of Chamba District • Active involvement in workshops, trainings, and consultations on local self-governance as a pioneering stakeholder





PPMP is a process to empower the PRIs by training them in bottom-up decision making. It makes democracy and democratic processes of development more participatory. A common citizen becomes the driver of his/her development for he/she is a part of planning, implementation and monitoring. The target for this proposal is a group of seven Gram Panchayats of Bhattiat Development Block, in the district of Chamba (HP). These Gram Panchayats are Samote, Tundi, Sihunta, Garnota, Manhuta, Chhalara and Tikkari.



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