Monday, July 6, 2009

'Social Audit' for the development of Local People

Social Audit acts as a source of continuous public vigilance and is an innovative feature of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

The basic objective of social audit is to ensure public accountability in the implementation of projects, laws and policies. Social audit is a process through which the potential beneficiaries and other stakeholders of the project are involved in every stage, from planning to implementation of the process.

Complete transparency in the process. It is the responsibility of the elected representatives to answer questions and provide explanations about relevant action and inaction to concerned and affected people after which the findings of the social audit and other public investigations receive official sanction.

Appropriate actions are taken and reported back to the people along with information on action taken in response to complaints. In each Gram Panchayat, a particular day of the week is earmarked for processing work applications and related activities.

The process of social audit includes public vigilance and verification of registration of families, distribution of job cards, receipt of work applications and issue of dated receipts, preparation of project, payment of wages, evaluation of work, Till today social audit have been held in 1.77 lakh Gram Panchayats.


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