The Local Governance Clinic is part of Master of Arts, Development (Law and Governance Specialization) at Azim Premji University. The Clinic pursues to engage with the various institutions at the local level with a vision to provide nece
ssary suggestions to improve service delivery and access to justice at the local level.
The Local Governance Clinic of 2015-16 is working on evaluating and implementing Section 61a under the Karnataka Panchayati Raj Act. The site chosen for the intervention is Nangali Gram Panchayat which is in Mulbagal Taluk of Kolar District, Karnataka. The ‘Other Committees’ as envisaged under the Section 61a of the Karnataka Panchayati Raj Act, provide for support and leadership for the community by serving as the community contact point with the state and national governments. Through a yearlong engagement with the local governments the Clinic seeks to understand the role of 61a committees in securing access to entitlements and improving participatory governance at the local level. The Clinic by doing substantial field work and research intends to elucidate some of the barriers relating to the formation and functioning of these Committees. The intervention of the Clinic is to create a repository of resources relating to local governments in India and to design appropriate toolkit that can be used by various stakeholders to form and maintain these committees.