[lg policy] India: Political power should be decentralized

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Aug 7 15:32:09 EDT 2017

 ‘Political power should be decentralised’
Staff ReporterDINDIGUL
August 06, 2017 17:46 IST
Updated: August 06, 2017 17:47 IST

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It will lead to a sustainable development of the nation: N. Markandan

Decentralisation of political power, preservation of unity of pluralistic
society and promotion of liberal language policy are the need of the hour
for a sustainable growth and development of the nation and to ensure unity
and integrity, according to N. Markandan, former Vice-Chancellor of
Gandhigram Rural Institute.

Pursuing Gandhian thoughts would be a panacea to all problems, he said.

Addressing a gathering in Gandhigram Trust at Gandhigram here on Sunday
during his Gandhian Yatra throughout the State, he said political power
should be decentralised to gram panchayat levels, which were at the Central
and State levels.

Taking away the power of States and local bodies was not a good sign and it
would result in disintegration of the country.

“What we need today is the spirit of tolerance, respecting people of all
communities and religion and accepting all languages of States and this
alone would preserve the unity of the pluralistic society and set an
example to other nations,” he said.

Corruption and violent activities at all levels owing to political rivalry,
liquor consumption, sexual aberrations, religious fanaticism, theft and
dacoity had been making social life an unbearable one, Mr. Markandan said.

Responsible citizens, educated youth, social workers and the government
must join hands and work for elimination of corruption and put an end to
violent activities in the society, he stressed.

He said that a large-scale purchase of cultivable lands, taking away
government lands, forests lands and Panchami lands allotted to Dalit
families by industrialists for establishing industries destroyed forests
and the green cover considerably. The government should prevent destruction
of forest and natural resources to ensure livelihood of farmers, fishermen
and tribal people, he added.

The present education system miserably failed to make students skilled and
employable. So the government should reform the education system at all
levels. A reforms committee should be constituted, he said.

A special think tank was constituted to chalk out plans for the 150th
Gandhi birth centenary celebrations and implement programmes for rural
development. A few villages would be adopted and schemes like Swachh Bharat
and other village development programmes would be implemented to make them
economically viable, said the Trust secretary V. Siva Kumar.

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