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Social Audit of Social Sector Schemes

  • 30 Jul 2021
  • 4 min read

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The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated a scheme, namely Information-Monitoring, Evaluation and Social Audit (I-MESA) in FY 2021-22.

Key Points

Social Audit

  • About:
  • Challenges:
    • The lack of adequate administrative and political will in institutionalising social audits to deter corruption has meant that social audits in many parts of the country are not independent of the influence of implementing agencies.
    • Social audit units, including village social audit facilitators, continue to face resistance and intimidation and find it difficult to even access primary records for verification.
    • People’s participation has been minuscule due to the lack of education, awareness and capacity building among the common masses.
    • There is an absence of an independent agency to investigate and act on social audit findings.
  • Suggestions:
    • Citizens groups need to campaign for strengthening social audits and make real progress in holding the political executive and implementing agencies accountable.
    • Team of social audit experts should be established in each district who are responsible for training social audit committee members (stakeholders).
    • Training programmes should be created on social auditing methods such as conducting and preparing social audit reports, and presentation at Gram Sabha.
    • The system of social audits needs a synergetic endorsement and a push by multiple authorities to establish an institutionalised framework which cannot be undermined by any vested interests.

Source: PIB

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