Some of the promises made in the document 'Rejuvenation of Panchayat'- include hike in salary for Sarpanchs, more grant allocation, additional power to the institutions in utilising these grants, disbursement of grants directly to Sarpanchs and creation of pachayat finance board.

Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki accused the BJP-led state government of keeping all the powers with them, which is 'against the spirit of Panchayati Raj'.

"According to a recent survey, Gujarat's Panchayati Raj institutions, that is district, taluka and village panchayats, ranked 18th in India. This shows how the BJP government destroyed this set-up here.” it added.

"This government has curtailed 98 percent of total budget previously allotted to these institutions," Solanki alleged after releasing the document.

"As part of a larger conspiracy, all the major powers have been snatched away from locally elected bodies. Now, ministers and bureaucrats are running the show, which is against the spirit of Panchayati Raj, where powers must be given to these bodies to uplift villages and expedite development," he said.

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