Social audit is the process of cross verification of government records with the ground realities. The unique thing about social audit is that it is conducted by the very people who are affected by the implementation of any particular project, law of policy. Thus, social audit creates a platform for poorest and most disempowered to participate in governance.
Social audits can be very effective in enhancing the culture of transparency, especially in Panchayats. Panchayats are dominated by Sarpanch and Secretary who are not interested in promoting transparency. The villagers are hardly aware about the funds that are received by the Panchayat and the expenditure incurred. In this respect social audits enable Gram Sabha members to demand financial accounts as well as review performance of Panchayats for promotion of economic development and social justice.
In order to minimize corruption and ensure the benefit reaches the poor, social audit is given a central role in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). However, due to lack of political will, social audit have merely been reduced to paper service. Samarthan has taken a leading role to promote social audits for effective implementation of MNREGS. Watch the videos to see the process of social audit.
Social Audit (Panna)
Social Audit (Sehore)
Samarthan successfully organised a state-level Public Hearing on the issues emerging from the mandatory social audits we had facilitated in 10 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Held on 22nd January 2013 at Gandhi Bhawan, Bhopal, the Public Hearing managed to draw almost 150 beneficiaries and Panchayat representatives from 10 villages. In keeping with its commitment to strengthen the [...]
In Sehore, a district which has been blazing the trail for effective implementation of Panchayati Raj in the state, Sarpanches and Secretaries demonstrated disinclination towards Social Audit on MGNREGA in the 15th August Gram Sabha. Despite this reluctance, wherever Social Audits were conducted, a number of problems being faced by the laborers were highlighted and [...]
दतिया जिले में सामाजिक सुरक्षा योजनाओं पर सामाजिक अंकेक्षण व जन सुनवाई “सुनवाई करते प्रोफेसर विष्णु महापात्र (फोर्ड फाउंडेशन)” 13 नवम्बर 2010, नगरीय निकायों में निराश्रितों की सामाजिक सुरक्षा का सुनिश्चित करने हेतु समर्थन सेन्टर फार डेव्लपमेंट सपोर्ट भोपाल द्वारा नगर पालिका दतिया के वार्ड 22 में ईदगाह के पीछे सामाजिक अंकेक्षण व जन सुनवाई [...]
पन्ना जिले में सामाजिक सुरक्षा योजनाओं पर सामाजिक अंकेक्षण व जन सुनवाई कलेक्टर की उपस्थिति से मिला कई निराश्रितों को हक बेवा पार्वती बसोर को मिली तत्काल राहत नगर पालिका और समर्थन के सहयोग से आयोजित जनसुनवाई में सामाजिक सुरक्षा की पात्रता रखने वाले निराश्रित लोगों ने अपनी बात जिला कलेक्टर, नगर पालिका अध्यक्ष श्रीमती [...]
In the 10 Gram Panchayats of Sehore and Panna, budgets were tracked bottom- up and top- down to understand the blockages and leakages in the process. The Panchayat and Janpad budget and expenditure details were verifies against data available on ground – beneficiary details, muster rolls, job cards etc. The Social Audit of NREGS [...]
Social Audits on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) The NREGA was launched in 2006 in 18 districts in Madhya Pradesh and a further 13 districts the year after. It ensures at least 100 days employment for all rural households. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) allows the Panchayats to implement systems for [...]