Panchayats are local self-government at the village level. The word “Panchayat” means assembly of five(panch) wise and respected elders chosen and accepted by the local community. Panchayat Raj is a system of governance in which gram Panchayats are the basic unit of administration. Mahatma Gandhi advocated Panchayati Raj as a decentralized formof government where each village is responsible for its own affairs. The term for such a vision was Gram Swaraj (village self- governance).
HP-Panchayat is a unique program of PLAN Foundation. This program is dedicated to empowering the rural people with the sharing ideas and promotes the unique strategies which can enhance people’s skills and capacity.
Hppanchayat isa program to empower the Panchayats through using new techniques and information. This program dedicated for development of rural people and build capacity through sharing, exposure and networking.
Initially the steps are undertaking in this program are to making online database with necessary information of all Panchayats of Himachal Pradesh. This information can be useful for individuals, researchers, NGOs and the policy makers.
After update the Panchayats PLAN team will work with these Panchayats on different developmental program and build up a strong network among all Panchayats.