The five steps taken to strengthen the third tier of government are:
1. it is constitutionally mandatory to hold regular elections in local bodies.
2. seats are reserved in the elected bodies and the executive heads for the SC,ST,and OBC
3.1/3 of the seats are reserved for women .
4. the state govts.are required to share power and revenues with local govt. bodies
5. an independent election commission known as state election commission has been created in each state to conduct
regular elections atlocal level and panchayati raj