India observed 2-10-09 to 2-10-10 as Year of Gram Sabha. Gram Sabha is the root institution of Panchayati Raj. Panchayati Raj System was inaugurated by first Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru on 2nd Oct. 1959 at Nagaur in Rajasthan.
Today Panchayat\’s are playing a major role in development of villages and implementing various welfare schemes of rural development. A commemorative stamp on Panchayati Raj was released in 1962.