4. In Volume I and II the Committee has given the amended versions of theconcerned sections so as to enable Government to process the recommendationswithout much delay. Though this exercise proved time consuming to the Committeeit has helped to put the recommendations in a ready to use mode. Par B of Volume Igibes lot of prominence to conceptual expositions and is more narrative. Since mostof the amendments in Panchayat Raj Act are suggested for the Municipality Actalso, Part C of volume I is more concise as the common conceptual part has alreadybeen expounded in the part dealing with the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act.
5. The Committee wished to place on record it deep sense of gratitude to lateDr.S.B.Sen under whose guidance the fundamental first principles, which havebeen reflected in this report, were formulated. Special thanks are due to the electedmembers of LSGI's, Government officers and independent experts who greatlyhelped the Committee in formulating its recommendations.
6. The Committee hopes that with implementation of these recommendations,Kerala would become a model for decentralised administrative system not only inIndia but also in the whole of the developing world.
The Committee on Decentralisation of Powers (CDP) submitted its interim report in August 1996. In a sense that report contains the nucleus of the entire report. Itencapsulated the vision of the Committee. The basic principles were laid down inthe interim report and to a large extend this final report is an expansion andelaboration of the ideas contained in germinal form in the initial report.
1.1 The Committee on Decentralisation of powers adopted a rigorous methodologyin identifying various issues concerning decentralisation and suggesting measuresto tone up the Local Self -Government Institutions (LSGI,s in the State. As