Particulars of Organisation, Functions & Duties
1. Objective / Purpose of the Public Authority:
To establish three tier Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) as institutions of Self Government.
2. Mission / Vision Statement of the Public Authority:
a) To enable PRIs to plan and implement schemes for economic development of rural poor. b) To achieve rural prosperity and ensure quality life through PRIs.
3. Brief History of Public Authority and Context of its Formation:
The Government of India Act of 1935 which provided Odisha with the status of a new province, also made provision for the constitution of a Provincial Assembly. The election for the first Provincial Assembly took place in January, 1937 which included 56 seats meant for elected representatives including 41 general rural seats, 6 for scheduled castes, 2 for women, 2 for landlords, 4 for the Mohammedans and one for a Christian. After independence the new Assembly passed the Odisha Gram Panchayat Act 1948. The 2nd pre-independence Assembly was elected by limited franchise. The Odisha State Assembly was constituted on January 1, 1948 after merger of 25 princely states with 66 members. In the year 1948 a separate department was formed for the administration of Assembly affairs under the control of Home Department. Till then administration of Odisha was being managed by 8-Departments as detailed below.
1. Home, 2. Finance 3. Revenue 4. Education 5. Commerce & Labour6. Law 7. Public Works8. Health & local Self Government Department.
Initially the Secretariat Functioned at Puri for some time before:
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