the State administration and given the upper hand to State Government officials

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the State administration and given the upper hand to State Government officials against the elected heads of PRIs. Panchayats have become local agencies for implementing schemes drawn up in distant State capitals. And their own volition has been further circumscribed by a plethora of “Centrally - sponsored schemes”. These are drawn up by even more distant Central authorities but at the same time tie up local staff and resources on pain of the schemes being switched off in the absence of matching local contribution. The "foreign aid" syndrome can be clearly seen at work behind this kind of "grass roots development". 41. The central theme of the passage can be best summarized as A. Our grassroots development at the panchayat level is now driven by the "foreign aid" syndrome. B. Panchayati raj is firmly entrenched at the lower level of our federal system of governance. C. A truly federal polity has not developed since PRIs have not been allowed the necessary political space. D. The Union government and State-level parties are engaged in a struggle for the protection of their respective rights. E. None of these 42. The sentence in the last paragraph, “And their own volition has been further circumscribed...”,refers to: 43. What is the "dilemma" at the intra-State level mentioned in the first paragraph of the passage? A. Should the state governments wrest more space from the Union, before considering the Panchayati system? B. Should rights similar to those that the States managed to get be extended to panchayats as well? C. Should the single party system which has withered away be brought back at the level of the States? D. Should the States get "their pound of flesh" before allowing the Union government to pass any more laws? E. None of these 44. Which of the following most closely describes the 'fatal flaw' that the passage refers to?
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  • Fall '14
  • Ravi Prasad
  • Derivative, Government of India, Panchayati raj

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