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Describe the composition of a Village Panchayat.


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A Village Panchayat is divided into wards. Each ward elects a representative who is known as the Ward Member or Panch. All the members of the Gram Sabha also elect a Sarpanch who is the Panchayat President. The Ward Panchs and the Sarpanch form the Gram Panchayat. The tenure of the Gram Panchayat is five years.
The Gram Panchayat and Gram Sabha have a common secretary. He is a person whom the government appoints. Thus, he is not an elected person. The Secretary is responsible for calling the meeting of the Gram Sabha and Gram Panchayat. He also keeps a record of the proceedings of the meetings.

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