for Decentralisation and Development, Institute for Social and Economic
10-Gender Studies of Indian Sociological Society
for Women's Studies, Bangalore University
73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts are landmark legislations that
have formally and firmly established the decentralised government in both
rural and urban India. Hailed as important landmarks for their radical
approach towards decentralisation, these legislations devolved powers to
sub-state level governments and sought to ensure the participation of the
disadvantaged groups. These legislations sought to bring a new political
system at the grassroots level by giving priority to decentralised political
institutions, and people's participation in local governance and planning.
In rural areas, Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) with democratically
elected governments at the village, block/ taluk and district levels were
established. In urban areas, a legislative framework for the establishment
and strengthening of urban local bodies was provided.
component of the legislation is the provision of reservations to
disadvantaged groups of women and those belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs)
and Scheduled Tribes (STs). Historically, these groups were not
participating in the decentralised government because of the prevailing
social and economic structure. In order to improve their representation and
participation in the local self-government, one-third of seats and executive
positions are reserved for women and for persons belonging to SC/ST
categories the reservation was according their population.
of seats in the decentralised government improves the access of
disadvantaged groups to political decision making significantly, and this is
very much true in India. The policy of reservation contributed to impressive
representation of these groups in the local government. As per the
statistics provided by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, there were 2.56 lakh
PRIs in the country in 2017; the proportions of Grama Panchayats (GPs),
Taluk Panchayats and Zilla Panchayats in the total number of PRIs were 97.2,
2.6 and 0.2, respectively. The total number of elected representatives in
PRIs at three levels was 29.50 lakhs in 2014. The proportions of SC/ST
representatives and women in the total PRI elected representatives were 30.4
and 45.9, respectively.
It is nearly
30 years since the policy of reservations has been introduced in PRIs. The
representation of women in Panchayats has substantially improved with as
many as 20 states increasing the proportion of reservations to 50 per cent.
Currently, there are a total of 14,53,973 elected women representatives in
PRIs, which amounts to nearly 45% of the total number of seats.
against this background that this national seminar aims to examine the
issues pertaining women leaders in Panchayats, their participation in the
decentralised governance and impact of their leadership on service delivery
and local development. The seminar aims to examine the contribution of women
leaders to the decentralised governance and development, successful models,
experiences of women leaders from different parts in India (especially from
the north-east) and challenges faced by them. The following are the
sub-themes of this national seminar.
Sub-themes to be covered in the seminar
Quality of women leadership
in rural and urban local government
prioritisation of development issues by women leaders in rural and urban
Impact of women leadership on
service delivery and local development
Women leaders in rural and
urban local government, and their empowerment through SHGs
Political Empowerment of
Women leaders in the decentralised government in the Sixth Schedule areas.
Women leaders as change
makers: Successful cases
Proxy leadership in rural and
urban local government
Barriers faced by women
leaders in the decentralised governance and development
Process for research papers selection and publication
The papers are to be based on
primary data and critical analysis of the same.
Step-1: The author/s should
submit an abstract of 500 words, indicating paper title, details of author
(s), critical issues focused, methodology to be adopted, key findings
based on their analysis and citations of relevant books/ papers. Please
indicate the number and title of the sub-theme under which the abstract is
submitted. Each submitted abstract will go through double-blind review
Step-2. The full length paper
of about 8,000 words is to be submitted and this will undergo double-blind
review process and plagiarism check.
Step-3. The selected papers
will be presented by the authors during the seminar, which will be
discussed by a set of expert discussants. Then authors will be requested
to revise the papers based on the suggestions received in the conference
and submit the revised version.
e) The revised papers will be
published as a volume from a leading international publisher.
Submission of abstract of
about 500 words: Extended to 26th July 2022. Abstracts are to be sent to Dr R Manjula
Communication of selection of
abstract for preparing full-length paper: 29th July 2022.
Submission of full paper of
about 8,000 words: Extended to 25th September
Communication of decision on
the selection of papers for presentation in the seminar:
Institute for Social and
Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru (Prof D Rajasekhar and Dr R. Manjula)
Gender Studies (RC-10),
Indian Sociological Society (ISS), New Delhi (Prof Indira Ramarao, Prof.
Ajailiu Niumai and Dr. Rajni Bala)
Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS),
Bangalore University, Bengaluru (Dr. Sudeshna Mukerjee)