Zilla Praja Parishads have been functioning in the State from 01.11.1959. Earlier to 1959 there used to be District Boards constituted under AP Andhra Area District Boards Act, 1920 and A.P.Telangana Area District Boards Act, 1955. The Balwantrai Mehta Committee have recommended constitution of three tier 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 AP Mandal Praja Parishads and Zilla Praja Parishads and Zilla Abhivriddi Sameeksha Mandals Act,1986. The present Act i.e., A.P. Panchayat Raj Act, Act No.13 of 1994 which came into force w.e.f. 30.05.1994 replacing the AP Gram Panchayat Act,1964 and A.P.Mandal  Praja Parishads, Zilla Praja Parishads, Zilla Abhivriddi Sameeksha Mandals Act, 1986. It is an integrated Act covering the provisions of Gram Panchayats, Mandal Parishads and Zilla Parishads bringing out some uniformity in matters like disqualifications, elections. No confidence motion, taking of oath, convening and conduct of meetings, relationships between each tier, administrative reports, budgets etc.,