This report first discusses the participation rates in local elections and the levels of awareness and understanding of the Gram Sabha and of the Panchayats in Section 1.3. Section 2 examines the links between the people and the PRIs and impact of such relationships on their livelihoods. Section 3 assesses the nature of links between the community and the Line Departments and the impact of Government Sponsored Schemes on the local community and their livelihoods. Section 4 assesses the influence that the informal local government institutions have had on the development of rural non-farm activities of households. It also looks at the wider relations that may or may not exist between these actors of development and the PRIs. This is done by examining the nature of links between project-based committees and the Gram Sabha and the Panchayat. Section 5 concludes the paper.
Samarthan. Rural Non-Farm Economy and the Role of Local Governance Institutions in NarsimhapurDistrict, MP. Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK (2003) 27 pp.