Outcome budget: Towards greater transparency
THE OUTCOME budget for year 2006-07 presented on Friday by the State Government in the Assembly is a major fiscal reform measure.
In a way, its’ a social audit of the Government. MP is one of first states to present outcome budget that informs the people of details of the works and time limit for the works to be carried out with the budget allocation by different departments.
In case a work is completed within the time limit, or there is some lapse in it, anyone can ask the concerning department about its reason and seek information by exercising the right to information.
The outcome budget would bring greater transparency in the works. So far, the annual budget is presented and people come to know of only the quantum of allocation. But they are now aware as to how long the works would take to complete and what works are to be taken up.
For example, the PWD has mentioned in the outcome budget of 2006-07 that a provision of Rs. 55 crore has been made for improvement of 18 roads of tourist importance and their length is 290.10 km. It has also been mentioned that the work would be carried out by contractors and work of 58.18 km would be completed in the first quarter, 29.10 km in the second quarter, 101.82 km in the third quarter and 101.82 km in the fourth quarter of the financial year.
Now in case the work is not completed within the time limit anyone can ask the question about it. It has also been uploaded on the Finance Department’s website www.nic.in/finance.