Poverty / MDGs

Facts on Democratic Governance

There are 240,000 elected Panchayat Institutions in the country, comprising 2.8 million representatives  Of these elected representatives, 1.03 million are women  The Indian Parliament enacted the Right to Information Act in 2005 giving citizens of India the right to demand disclosure of public records The National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), guaranteeing 100 days of mandated employment per year to every rural household, is implemented in all 604 districts of India  Legal Services Authority Act provides legal services to vulnerable groups in all states  Sources:  State of Panchayat Report, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, November 2006; National Resource Centre for Women, www.nrcw.nic.in Right to Information website, www.rti.org.in National Rural Employment Guarantee Act website, www.nrega.nic.in

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