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The establishment of Panchayati Raj was to promote democratic decentralization and empower women in administration. However, the practice of Sarpanch Pati negates both. How can this practice be ended?

Topic: issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

3. The establishment of Panchayati Raj was to promote democratic decentralization and empower women in administration. However, the practice of Sarpanch Pati negates both. How can this practice be ended? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

Following reports of husbands or male members of families taking oath instead of the elected women representatives in newly formed Madhya Pradesh panchayats, the State is coming out with an advisory to prevent a repeat of such instances.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the practice of Sarpanch Pati, reasons behind it, its impact and ways to prevent it.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing aims and objectives of Panchayati Raj.

Body:

First, write about the practice of Sarpanch Pati and reasons behind this practice.

Next, write about the impact of this practice on the aims and objectives of PRI’s. Substantiate with facts and examples.

Mention the measures that are needed to remedy this situation.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.