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Which of the following reports is commissioned by the Central Government to assess the policy and legislative framework and outcomes of the States in respect of Panchayati Raj ?
1. Annual Devolution Index Report
2. Panchayati Raj Dashboard
3. National Extension Services Report
4. Panchayati Raj Progress Report

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Correct Answer - Option 1 : Annual Devolution Index Report

The correct answer is the Annual Devolution Index Report.

  • Annual Devolution Index Report
    • The Ministry of Panchayati Raj of the Government of India has been conducting the annual study on The Panchayat Devolution Index (PDI) since 2006.
    • The study is undertaken to assess where each State stands in the matter of devolution of powers to the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRIs) or the rural local bodies.
    • This report is prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj for the year 2015-16 where Kerala topped this report.
      1. Establishing State Election Commission
      2. Holding PRI elections every five years
      3. Establishing finance commissions
      4. Setting up District Planning Committees
    • It has been started in 2006 to study where each state stands in the matter of devolution of powers to the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) or the rural local bodies.
      • This devolution index measures the functions, finance, and functionaries of the PRIs as also accountability in the institutions.
      • Pre-requisites for estimation of Devolution index:

  • Ministry of Panchayati Raj: Narendra Singh Tomar
  • National Panchayati Raj Day was celebrated on 24th April annually.

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