The First Schedule annexed to the Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994 details the names of islands for which  Village (Dweep) Panchayats are to be constituted.  They are the 10 inhabited islands in the Union Territory with the number of members as mentioned against

Sno.

Island

Number of members

1

Agatti

8

2

Amini

10

3

Andrott

10

4

Bitra

3

5

Chetlat

6

6

Kadmat

8

7

Kalpeni

8

8

Kavaratti

10

9

Kiltan

6

10

Minicoy

10

The first Village (Dweep)Panchayats for these islands were constituted in December, 1997.  The present Panchayats are the 2nd which came into being on 23rd December, 2003

These Panchayats have been constitued with the number of members as prescribed in the Table under Section 8(2)of Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994.  Accordingly the Village (Dweep)Panchayats have the number of members as detailed against each Panchayat above. 

The Elections to these Panchayats were conducted on 14.12.97  initially and on 16.10.02 subsequently.  The candidates for these elections were sponsored by major  political parties of the islands viz. Indian National Congress, Samata Party and Bharatiya Janata Party.  Some candidates have also fought the elections as independent candidates. 

The Village (Dweep) Panchayats are duty bound to make reasonable provisions within their jurisdiction in their budgets , as far as its funds allow with regard to the matters specified in the Third Schedule of Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994. Further, the Administrator, Union Territory of Lakshadweep can transfer any of the schemes and  programmes under any of the subjects in the Third Schedule formulated by the Administration to these local bodies along with funds, if any and personnel as may be necessary to these Panchayats to implement the scheme.  The Administrator, Union Territory of Lakshadweep has transferred a large number of developmental schemes to the Village (Dweep) Panchayats which are presently being implemented by them along with other developmental schemes evolved by these Panchayats themselves.  Infact 40% of the budget provisions for developmental schemes of Lakshadweep Administration is with the Panchayats now. The Village (Dweep) Panchayats are also implementing different schemes of  District Rural Development Agency which are entrusted to these bodies for implementation.

 


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