Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Presidents of Panchayat Government

The Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Presidents of Panchayat Government (TNFWPPG) was formed in the first State Level Convention of Women Panchayat Presidents on 18th October, 2000 at Chennai. 210 Women Panchayat  Presidents from 20 Districts and more than 100 women leaders of voluntary organizations, political parties, trade unions, women and Dalit organisations participated in this Convention. This was made possible by the efforts of District level Women Presidents Associations with the support of 29 Voluntary Organisations. A State Committee to facilitate and strengthen TNFWPPG was formed. 


Presidents who are members of the TNFWPPG represent the voices of women panchayat presidents elected in Tamil Nadu Local body election. Even though they are from different caste, class and political backgrounds they are united together as a federation to bring to the notice of  Government, political parties and MLAs the reforms and policy changes needed for the empowerment of Panchayat Government including devolution of 29 powers; to highlight the challenges and achievements of Women Panchayat Presidents and to evolve strategies and actions to stop destructive development in the panchayats caused by the petro – chemical industries, encroachments of land by real estate, infrastructure projects, SEZ’s, halting privatization of education and health care in the panchayat unions, stopping charging of tariff for Electricity etc.,


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Local government: The Indian context

Panchayat is the ‘First Government’. Its power is based on people’s power and participatory democracy. The gram sabha (assembly) is the central institution for the promotion of inclusive and participatory democracy, providing opportunities for the exploited and marginalised communities to raise their voices against continued inequalities, denial of freedoms, discrimination and social injustice. The 73rd and …

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The Tamil Nadu experience in local government and empowerment of the excluded

Tamil Nadu was one of the last states to hold panchayat elections under the 73rd amendments. It brought a new cohort of elected representatives, most of whom were from non-political backgrounds. Reservations for women (33%) and socially excluded communities (SCs and STs) provided an unprecedented opportunity for these sections. Implementation revealed structural flaws, insufficient devolution, …

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TNFWPPG: Genesis and road travelled

Madurai District Panchayat Board Women Presidents’ Conference was held in Madurai on 30 July 2002. 75 women Panchayat Board Presidents described the problems they faced, the panchayat’s activities etc. At the end of the conference, Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Presidents Panchayat Government (TNGWPPG) was created. This federation heavily criticized the termination of Madurai’s Keezhavalavu …

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Capacity building

Training for Women Panchayat Board Presidents from 1999—2000 happened in the conferences with the support of the voluntary organizations in Tamilnadu. On 18 October 2000, 20 District associations came together for the State Level Convention which happened in Chennai. In this convention the state level committee was created with the first Federation of TamilnaduPanchayat Government …

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Deepening democracy

On 02.09.2003 a Workshop and a conference was held for the Kanchipuram District Women Panchayat Presidents in Chengalpat. Mr. Dhanapal, District Senior Panchayat President, inaugurated the workshop and gave the keynote speech. Women Panchayat Presidents from different unions of Kanchipuram District took part in it. Since the number of people who took part was less …

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Factfinding (Citizens’ watch)

Independent civil society investigations into incidents of human rights violations has been a long-term favourite tool of civil society to draw attention to issues of omission and commission by the state mechanisms. The main issues around which civil society investigations are conducted are untouchability, caste and gender based discrimination and violence against women and Dalit …

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Since 16 March 2001, the executive committee members of the federation met all the leaders of the political parties and present petitions to add strengthening of the Panchayat Government in the Party’s election manifesto. Following this, after winning in the assembly elections in October 2001, the AIADMK headed government, released an order accepting the main …

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Civil Society support

Apart from capacity building, fact finding and accompaniment (in advocacy, district and state level conventions) civil society support is provided in several different ways. The TN NGO Alliance is supportive NGO network with about 91 NGOs that support local governance. Periodic meeting held on 17th September 2016. Around 25 NGOs from 11 districts participated. The …

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