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RAMMANOHAR LOHIA

Decentralization

All the political power is concentrated in the hands of the Central Government today. The states are left with very little power; there is no self-government at the district, taluk and village levels. The citizens of the country electrepresentatives to the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies once in five years. Once elected the representatives cannot be questioned by the common man. Lohia felt that this state of affairs was unsatisfactory in a democracy. He suggested a different solution. The suggestion was that there should be decentralization of power at all the four stages - at the center and the state, the district and the village levels. He wanted that there should be minimum power at the center and that at the village level there should be maximum power in the conduct of the affairs of the village. The Panchayat administration in charge should also have power over the police. It should also have power to collect taxes. The village Panchayat should get a share of the taxes collected by the state and the center. The progress of a village ought to be planned by the village itself. He called this organization the four-pillared state. According to this arrangement Swaraj begins at the village level and stretches up to Delhi. This provides an opportunity for the common man to participate in the administration. This was the firm view of Lohia.

Rammanohar Lohia - The Socialist Leader of a fearless and Dynamic Personality
About Rammanohar Lohia
Introduction
A Student In The Motherland's Service
The Congress Socialist party
In Jail
The Socialist Party
In Kagodu In Karnataka
Humanity
The Praja Socialist Party

The New Party

Lohia's Views
"A Daily Income Of Twenty-One Paise"
Simple Living
A Versatile Genius
'Rama, Krishna, Shiva
With Vishveshvaraya
You are Here! Decentralization
In The International World
A Hero Of Rare Courage
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