Class 6 Civics

Panchayat Samiti or Block Panchayat

This is the local government body at the tehsil (तहसील) or taluka (तालुका) or prakhand (प्रखंड) or block level. All the villages under a tehsil (block) form the Development Block. The Block Panchayat works as a link between the Gram Panchayat and the Zila Parishad.

Constitution of Block Panchayat

The Block Panchayat is composed of ex-officio members, co-opt members, associate members and some elected members.

The Panchayat Samiti is elected for five years. It is headed by the Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

Zila Parishad

The Zila Parishad makes the top tier of the Panchayati Raj system. It is headed by an officer from the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) cadre. Its function is to look after the working of all the Panchayat Samiti and Gram Panchayats under the district. It also executes various welfare programmes in the district.

Importance of Gram Panchayat

Gram Panchayat gives power in the hands of the people. It is believed that people are the best judges of local needs and problems. Moreover, everything cannot be tackled by the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister. So, people should be given some degree of power to tackle the problems of their locality.