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Uttarakhand govt to initiate social audit scheme

Uttarakhand government will soon introduce a system under which social auditing of all projects relating to development in rural areas and those pertaining to social benefit schemes will be carried out

dehradun Updated: Jan 29, 2018 22:51 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
social audit scheme,MNREGS,RB Yadav
The social auditing system is aimed at plugging the leakages of funds released by the centre and the state governments for various social benefit schemes.(HT File/Priyanka Parashar)

To bring transparency in delivery, the Uttarakhand government will soon introduce a system under which social auditing of all works relating to development in rural areas and those pertaining to social benefit schemes would be carried out.

“Social auditing of all development schemeswill be carried out, for which financial grants are given by the Centre and state government,” rural development department additional secretary RB Yadav said. “The review system will also be applicable to works relating to the social benefit schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).”

The social auditing system “to be introduced for the first time in state is aimed at plugging the leakages of funds” released by the Centre and the state government for various social benefit schemes.

“There were also similar complaints about the leakages of funds released for works relating to rural development undertaken by 15-16 departments, including the panchayatiraj department,” Yadav said. According to him, social auditing of all development works being carried out in rural areas, will be conducted, for which Rs 800 crore was recently released, following the recommendations of the 14th finance commission. Under the social auditing system, physical verification of all development works carried out on the ground will also be conducted. “As part of this system, social auditing of development related works will be carried out by members of society,” Yadav said, adding that a proper structure will soon be put in place to ensure a transparent social auditing of works.

Yadav said that village based social auditing teams will have Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) representatives of different villages. “To ensure a fair assessment, however, they would be permitted to conduct social auditing of works carried out in villages other than their own,” said Yadav. These panels will also have women, representatives of general category, social workers and educated members in villages as their members. Social auditing by these village based panels would further be reviewed by block resource persons, district resource persons and state resource persons.

A further screening of social audits will be carried out by juries, whose members will be nominated by the magistrates of all the 13 districts. “Following final clearance of social audits, the final report will be submitted to the state government,” he said.

Before socials audit starts, officials will ensure whether it had been properly publicised in the village panchayat concerned. “Besides, it will also be ensured that the representatives of all sections of society are present during social auditing.”

Village based panels conducting social audits will not have more than six representatives as their members. “During social auditing, the officials concerned and all nominated and elected members of village panchayats or village pradhans, will be given full opportunity to present their versions,” Yadav added.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 22:51 IST