Focus: Accountable and corruption less government machinery, proper and corruption less implementation of various governmental schemes, in due time, without corruption and qualitative

Social Audit is the key to make Government, Accountable and Transparent

KEY TRENDS
  • Social Audits are mandatory as per the 73rd Constitutional Amendment in 1993, through which the Village communities are empowered to conduct social audit of all development work in their respective villages and the concerned authorities are duty bound to facilitate them
  • Constitutional amendments in 1992-93 for local self government which introduced provisions for accounts to be placed before the Gramsabha and municipal wards are a revealing pointer to the need for accountability, not to a hierarchy of officialdom or representatives of the people but increasingly to people themselves, since they are the only stakeholders
  • Social Audit is a process in which, details of the resource, both financial and non-financial, used by public agencies for development initiatives are shared with the people, often through a public platform. Social Audits allow people to enforce accountability and transparency, providing the ultimate users an opportunity to scrutinize development initiatives
  • The key difference between development and social audit is that a social audit focuses on the neglected issue of social impacts, while a development audit has a broader focus including environment and economic issues, such as the efficiency of a project or programme
  • Social audit can also be used for auditing the performance of all three PRI tiers with a social audit committee at each level. These committees should not be permanent, but can be set up depending on the nature of programmes /schemes to be audited
  • Article 17 (2) of the NREGA says "the Gramsabha shall conduct regular social audits of all the projects under the Scheme taken up within the Gram Panchayat". Article 17 (3) says "the Gram Panchayat shall make available all relevant documents including the muster rolls, bills, vouchers, measurement books, copies of sanction orders and other connected books of account and papers to the Gramsabha for the purpose of conducting the social audit.

This year VIKALP start with Social Audit under NREGA and reach to Social Audit of Local Self Governance.