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Balika Panchayat Initiative

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    20th Jun, 2022


India’s first-ever girl Panchayat, called “Balika Panchayat”, was started in several villages of Kutch district in Gujarat.


  • Last year, Kunariya village of Kutch district had come up with a unique idea to hold Balika Panchayat. 
  • First-ever elections of the Balika Panchayat were held successfully. 
  • It was inspired by the TV series, Balika Vadhu and rolled with the aim of developing leadership qualities among girls for Future Panchayat polls. 
  • Young females aged between 10 to 21 years contested elections for this unique Panchayat which will take up issues pertaining to adolescent girls and women in the village.
  • The Panchayat has started in Kunaria, Maska, Motagua, and Vadsar villages of the Kutch district.
    • The Women and Child Development Ministry is planning to start a girl panchayat across India.


  • The initiative aims to promote the social and political development of the girls and ensure their active participation in politics. 
  • This initiative has been taken by the Women and Child Development Welfare Department of the Gujarat Government under the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' campaign.
  • It also seeks to remove evil practices like child marriage and dowry system from society. 
  • It aims for girls to get their nominations done in decision-making process in Panchayat.
  • It seeks to make girls active in politics from childhood.

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