Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Decentralized planning and economic reforms in India/Biswajit Chatterjee. 2. People's participation in local governance: the Gram Sabha experience in India/Prabhat Kumar Datta. 3. Integration between physical and financial planning in the decentralized planning of Kerala: need for a new strategy/V.R. Pravakaran Nair. 4. People's plan for sustainable rural development/Sitakanta Sethy. 5. Strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions: the case of West Bengal/Dilip Kumar Ghosh. 6. Participatory micro-planning for village eco-development/Amit Hazra and Jayanta Chowdhury. 7. Decentralization: learning from Midnapore West Bengal, 1980-2000/Ajit Narayan Bose. 8. Women empowerment for functional efficiency in decentralized planning at bottom level/Tapati Dasgupta. 9. Decentralization of power a case of women empowerment/Banhi Chakraborty. 10. Socio-economic development of women: a case study of Self-Help Groups in Midnapore district/M.V. Rao. 11. Decentralized development and micro-credit: the role and efficacy of Self-Help Groups/Aparajita Dhara and Nita Mitra. 12. Role of voluntary sector in rural development/Sankar Majumdar. 13. Current thinking and experiments in rural development planning in West Bengal: including the convergent community action strategy/Ranjit Kumar Maiti. 14. Decentralized planning and rural development: an experiment in a block in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal/Ruchira Raha (Sarkar) and Haripada Jana. 15. Rural development and Panchayati Raj Institutions: a study based on household survey of some villages in the district of Midnapore, West Bengal/Purnendu Sekhar Das, Sabari Bandyopadhyay and Tania Chatterjee (Majumder). Index.
"The book is an outcome of the discussions and deliberations on various aspects of decentralized planning and participatory rural development that took place in two national seminars organized by the Department of Economics with Rural Development, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, under the UGC sponsored DRS Scheme during 30-31 March, 2000 and 1-2 March, 2001. The book contains 15 papers that were presented, discussed and deliberated upon by the distinguished participants in these seminars. These papers discuss the issues like people's participation in the local level development planning and governance with case studies from different states, problems of integration of physical and financial planning in the decentralized planning framework, decentralized planning and women empowerment, experiments in rural development planning at the village and the gram sansad levels, Gram Panchayats and rural development, micro-credit planning, and the Panchayats and NGOs. All the papers are based on individual or group research carried out in different areas in the context of decentralized planning and rural development. The book makes significant contribution to the understanding of the actual status of decentralized planning and various aspects of development and empowerment in the states of India, particularly in West Bengal." (jacket)