This Act, as referred to in Clause (1) of art. 244 of the Constitution, amends part IX of the Constitution, related to Panchayats Extension to the Scheduled Areas. Part IX of the Constitution relating to Panchayats is extended to the Scheduled Areas subject to such exceptions and modifications, as provided in section 4. The Legislature of a State shall not make any law under that Part which is inconsistent with any of the following features, namely: a) a State legislation on the Panchayats that may be made shall be in consonance with the customary law, social and religious practices and traditional management practices of community resources; b) a village shall ordinarily consist of habitations or hamlets comprising a community and managing its affairs in accordance with traditions and customs; c) every village shall have a Gram Sabha consisting of persons whose names are included in the electoral rolls for the Panchayat at the village level; d) every Gram Sabha shall be competent to safeguard and preserve the traditions and customs of the people, their cultural identity, community resources and the customary mode of dispute resolution; etc.
Implemented by: Maharashtra Village Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Rules, 2014. (2014-10-30)