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UP government to begin social audit of welfare schemes

The UP government has asked the district magistrates to immediately begin the process for constitution of four-member block-level social audit teams for this purpose.

lucknow Updated: Sep 11, 2017 16:46 IST
Brajendra K Parashar

Uttar Pradesh government is all set to begin social audit of work carried out under various schemes, including the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the Prime Minister Housing Scheme (Rural), to ensure more transparency and stem corruption.

District magistrate asked to set the ball rolling
  • The government has asked the district magistrates to immediately begin the process for constitution of four-member block-level social audit teams for this purpose.
  • Each four-member social audit team will have one member each from general, OBC and scheduled caste/scheduled tribe categories and one job card holder worker of his son or daughter. One of the members will necessarily be a woman.
  • Anyone between 40 and 60 years of age with a high school (class 10) certificate will be eligible for appointment as social auditor.
  • According to the circular, the social auditors will be responsible to conduct spot inspections to verify the execution of work, examine the muster rolls and the entries done and payments made to workers under the MGNREGS, verification of bank transactions by the village panchayats etc

The government has asked the district magistrates to immediately begin the process for constitution of four-member block-level social audit teams for this purpose.

Director, Social Audit, Zubair Bin Saghir on Friday issued a circular to all the DMs and chief development officers with detailed directions in this regard, expecting them to constitute such teams by October 9 on priority.

Each four-member social audit team will have one member each from general, OBC and scheduled caste/scheduled tribe categories and one job card holder worker of his son or daughter. One of the members will necessarily be a woman. A woman will be given preference if she is a member of a self-help group.

Anyone between 40 and 60 years of age with a high school (class 10) certificate will be eligible for appointment as social auditor. There will be one four-member audit team each for 10 village panchayats. There are around 60,000 village panchayats in UP.

The appointment of social auditors will be valid till March 31, 2019 after which the government may go for a fresh panel of social auditors.

The circular, however, makes it clear that social auditors so appointed will be considered as ‘social workers’ and will not be able to claim a government job on that basis or demand regularisation of the services.

As remuneration, each social team member will be paid Rs 500 per social audit as professional fee on the completion of the audit which they will be asked to carry out from time to time.

The selection committees headed by DMs have been asked to invite applications for the appointment of social auditors by September 25, completing the entire process by October 9.

According to the circular, the social auditors will be responsible to conduct spot inspections to verify the execution of work, examine the muster rolls and the entries done and payments made to workers under the MGNREGS, verification of bank transactions by the village panchayats, looking into if they (panchayats) had made various purchases as per the rules and any other work allotted to them by the director, Social Audit.

“The social audit teams will submit their reports to the officers concerned for necessary action,” says the circular.

“Social audit of government schemes in villages by the stakeholders is a good step being emphasized by the Centre for years,” said an official, adding, “This keeps pressure on panchayat functionaries to keep their records clean.”