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Zilla Praja Parishads have been functioning in the state from 01.11.1959. Prior to 1959, they were used to be called as District Boards, constituted under A.P. Andhra Area District Boards Act, 1920 and AP Telangana Area District Boards Act, 1955. The Balwantrai Mehata Committee has recommended amending the Indian Constitution for Three tier Panchayath Raj system as instruments of decentralization of power at various levels i.e., Village, Mandal (or Block) and District level. Before the present enactment, the Zilla Praja Parishads and Mandal Praja Parishads were constituted under the A.P.MPPs and ZPPs & Zilla Abhivrudhi Sameeksha Mandals Act, 1986. The present act, i.e. AP Panchayath Raj Act, Act No.13 of 1994 came into force w.e.f. 30.05.1994 replacing the AP Gram Panchayath Act, 1964 and AP MPPs, ZPPs & Zilla Abhivrudhi Sameeksha Mandals Act, 1986, under the provisions of 73rd Amendment Act of Indian Constitution. It is an integrated act covering all the Panchayath Raj Institutions i.e., Gram Panchayaths, Mandal Praja Parishads and Zilla Praja Parishads and bringing out uniformity with matters like elections, convening and conduct of meetings, relationship between each tier, administrative reports, budget and etc.
The General Body of Zilla Praja Parishad, Guntur constituted with 57 ZPTC Members including Chairman and Vice Chairman, Two Co-option Members headed by the Chairperson. The MPs, MLAs, MLCs are also Members in Z.P.P.General Body. Presidents of all Mandal Praja Parishads in the District and GDCCB Chairman, Markfed Chairmans are the invities. It will meet once in every 3 months and review the Developmental Activities and implementation of Government Schemes with the District Officials. There are 7 Standing Committees constituted with ZPTC members, MLAs, MLCs and District Officers concerned for discussing and take necessary implementations of the proposals to the General Body.
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