PART IX
THE PANCHAYATS

243. Definitions.

In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,-
(a)district” means a district in a State;
(b)Gram Sabha” means a body consisting of persons registered in the electoral rolls relating to a village comprised within the area of Panchayat at the village level;
(c)intermediate level” means a level between the village and district levels specified by the Governor of a State by public notification to be the intermediate level for the purposes of this Part;
(d)Panchayat” means an institution (by whatever name called) of self- government constituted under article 243B, for the rural areas;
(e)Panchayat area” means the territorial area of a Panchayat;
(f)Population” means the population as ascertained at the last preceding census of which the relevant figures have been published;
(g)village” means a village specified by the Governor by public notification to be a village for the purposes of this Part and includes a group of villages so specified.

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