non-farm economy, in recent times, is considered as an effectual
strategy for decentralization of economic activities to rural India.
The Economic Census of India estimates that around 41.89 million rural
people are employed in non-agricultural establishments which registered
a growth rate of 4.56 % during 1998-2005. However, the sector has been
contending with a number of factors like inadequate rural
infrastructure, particularly roads, electricity and communication
facilities, lack of sufficient skilled labour and adequate access to
credit, information and training facilities etc. The
present study investigates the strengths and weaknesses of the
rural-non-farm-sector of India analyzing the structure and growth of
rural-non-farm-sector and its’ trends towards employment and income
generation to arrive at certain inferences like formulation of possible approaches with a view to promote rural-non-farm-sector self-sustaining in the changing competitive environment.