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Actually after 1947 the Panchayati Raj System in India was not effective the way it should have been.  Its powers were limited, because the district authorities could dissolve Panchayati Raj Institutions and elections for these bodies were not regular.  Moreover, accountability was not a recognized feature of these institutions.  The recommendations of the various committees and commissions realized that there was a need to create a strong third federal tier of governance, which would facilitate the possibility of rural communities influencing their own future. 

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