Panchayats have been constitutionally recognized as local self-governments in Part IX, Constitution of India, through its 73rd Amendment, 1992, and are to be constituted at the village, intermediate and district levels, referred to as Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs). The Eleventh Schedule of the Constitution provides a list of functions, which can be devolved to the PRIs, subject to appropriate legislation by the respective State government. Gram Panchayat is to be constituted for a village or a group of villages, as per notification of the State.
The GPOD framework involves application Organisation Development (OD) principles in this space of public administration, recognising Gram Panchayats as organisations with need for clarity on its different components such as vision, processes and systems, structure and roles as well as mechanisms to strengthen affiliation of its members with the institution.
The conceptual framework for applying OD principles to GPs was devised in an action research mode with two GPs in Karnataka in 2011. Change was initiated through a step-by-step framework in GP bodies, specifics of which were designed in collaboration with the members of the panchayats. Since its inception in 2011, the GPOD framework has been continuously evolving, incorporating learnings from our experiences in different states. Needless to say, this is broad framework and needs to be contextualized based on the socio-political and legal environment of the state where it is to be deployed. The GPOD framework is presently being deployed across Karnataka, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. ProjectsRead More
Illustrations of shifts enabled through deployment of GPOD framework. GP Report Card
The systemic OD approach taken in the 2 Action Research GPs resulted in systemic and service delivery outcomes as summarized below.
The GPOD framework is presently being deployed across Karnataka, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Panchayat