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Reoport of the Sen Committee on Decentralisation in Kerala Vol I A& B

Reoport of the Sen Committee on Decentralisation in Kerala Vol I A& B

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Report of the
Committee on Decentralisationof Powers (S B Sen Committee)
Suggestions for amending Kerala Panchayat Raj Act
 Volume I A & BGovernment of Kerala
1. The Committee on Decentralisation of Powers (Popularly known as the SenCommittee after its Late Chairperson, Dr. Satya Brata Sen Who passed awayimmediately after the Committee submitted its interim report) has finalised itsrecommendations. It followed a rigorous methodology in identifying the criticalissues concerning decentralisation. The Committee has taken every effort to strike abalance between the ideals of decentralisation and the requirements of day-to-daygovernance. And the Committee has taken care to ensure that decentralisedgovernance does not relapse into a rut as it had happened in the past and has tiedto make it into a dynamic force toward taking the State as well as the countrytowards building genuine and sustainable institutions of local self government to ahigher level infused with principles capable of sustainable progress towards genuineautonomy.
2 .The Committee on Decentralisation of Powers has already given two reports tothe Government- an interim report in August 1996 and a part on performance auditand transfer of files and papers to LSGIs, in April 1997. This final report isstructure in four volumes.
3. Volume I is in three parts. Part A is brief introduction to the whole reportencapsulating the vision of the Committee outlining the fundamental principles andthe focus arias highlighted in the report. Part B deals with the Kerala PanchayatRaj Act, 1994 and details of amendments proposed to this Act. Part C covers theKerala Municipality Act, 1994 and recommends to be made to this Act. Volume IIconcerns allied Acts, which need be amended to make the decentralisation processmore operational and comprehensive. Volume III of the report is devoted to theissues relating to re-deployment of staff and volume IV takes care of miscellaneousissues.
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

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