Q.4)Local self-governance holds key to “citizen centric administration” and strengthens “federal architecture”. Critically evaluate.

Why this question:

An important part of GS paper II.

Key Demand of the question:

The significance that local self-governments hold in having a citizen centric administration and strengthening fiscal architecture and the measures that should be taken by the government to strengthen them.


Critically evaluate - Give your verdict as to what extent a statement or findings within a piece of research are true, or to what extent you agree with them. Provide evidence taken from a wide range of sources which both agree with and contradict an argument. Come to a final conclusion, basing your decision on what you judge to be the most important factors and justify how you have made your choice.


Briefly introduce the local self-governments (LSGs) in India highlighting the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendment acts.


In the first part, mention the advantages of having efficient LSGs.

In the next part mention challenges that they have been facing like lack of funds, over- interference of the bureaucracy, lack of autonomy, etc. and the measures that should be taken to strengthen LSGs.


Conclude by mentioning LSGs are a part of the DPSPs and having strong LSGs was what Mahatma Gandhi always preached for the grass root development of India.