Gram Sabha: Why? For What? Gram Sabha: Its not just some together Nor is it for spending some 3 hours To just write a petition and give to the panchayat leader. Gram Sabha is not for that. It is for discussing the problems of the village. To have a vision of the village and to dream about how my village should be. To get work done from the Government, to examine the functioning of the government in the village To audit the money spent for the village. Whether funds were used properly or not for the intended purpose. And most importantly to create a deliberative democracy. There is a lack of deliberative democracy in our country. Today they want us to listen to what the leader is telling… to what the officer is telling …to what the district collector is telling… To listen to what the CM is telling. .. to what the Prime Minister is telling… But we should make them listen to what we are all telling. We too have opinions. We should decide about our village. We should oversee the functioning of this government. We should have a discussion on all these. By doing this, we can overhaul the functioning of the Central and State Government. Before the coming of Gram Sabha, our democracy was only a representative democracy. People only elected their representatives. But now, after the coming of Gram Sabha, it has been converted to participatory democracy. Participatory democracy means, we are all partners in the functioning of the government. I am partner in all the government functions I am participating to make the governance better. Thus, Gram Sabha is people’s Sabha. Functions and powers are delineated by the laws enacted by the State.