ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Institutionalising Social Audit in Meghalaya

The Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017, is the first state-level legislation explicitly aimed at institutionalising the procedure of auditing public works and programmes by the people residing in villages and urban localities through public hearings. Auditing at public hearings (jan sunwai) was initiated by the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan in the 1990s in Rajasthan, and the Meghalaya act has elements comparable to the Rajasthan Right to Hearing Act, 2012. Both these acts further the movement for transparency in governance, accountability of public servants to the citizens and redress of people’s grievances.

In April 2017, the Meghalaya state assembly passed the Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017, popularly referred to as the Meghalaya Social Audit Act. Its rationale is

[T]o review delivery of public services and implementation of government schemes and programmes through a participatory social audit by the government and the stakeholders; by ensuring a timely review and concurrent course-correction in the delivery of schemes and programmes, and to achieve realisation of desired development outcomes. (GoM 2017)

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Updated On : 17th Aug, 2018
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