The publication aims to assist elected representatives and government functionaries in developing and promoting sanitary habits in the villages. It guides them on how to keep their village clean, end open defecation, manage liquid and solid waste in an eco-friendly manner and pay attention to hygiene in schools, anganwadis and public places.

Planning for drinking water security in the Gram Panchayat, which includes measures for conservation, protection and augmentation of sources, quality surveillance and operations and maintenance, would help overcome drinking water scarcity and improve the health status of the people.

This document discusses the status of Panchayats and approach to roadmap, strengthening democratic functioning of the Panchayats, functions of the Panchayats, functionaries of the Panchayats, Panchayat finances and accounting, e-Panchayat, Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled areas) Act, decentralized governance in the north east states, legal framework & the road ahead.