50 Years of Panchayati Raj; Panchayats in Goa playing ‘snakes and ladders’?

Recently, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar asked the political science department of Goa University to conduct a case study on the Sarpanch rotation system followed rampantly in Panchayats today.

Parsekar addressed the students of the University at the launch of ’50 years of Panchayati Raj in Goa: Retrospect and Prospects’, on Monday.

The CM mentioned that, none of the nine Panchayats in his constituency have had a stable Sarpanch during the last five years. The CM said, “Almost all sarpanchas have been rotated after a period of one year or within a few months,” which is wretched.


Democracy has been imbibed in our system to such an extent that within a month of Sarpanch selections; discussions and meetings take place where plans are made to overthrow the Sarpanch, added Parsekar who started his political carrier as a Panch.

“We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.” -Haile Selassie


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