Gist of Editorials: Making Every Citizen an Auditor (The Hindu) | GS – II

Relevance : GS Paper II
(Polity and Governance/Development and Welfare)

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  • Social audits lead to better outcomes of public programmes.
  • Origin and evolution of social audits
    • Social audits were first mandated by law in 2005 under MGNREGA.
    • Subsequently, social audits were mandated in other areas as well.
    • Social audit units (SAUs) have been established in 26 States .
    • More than 5,000 full-time staff have been appointed and more than 4,000 people have been trained.
  • Shortcoming in the social audits programme:
    • Social audit units (SAUs) are not independent.
    • States have not appointment of SAU’s director properly.
    • Some States have conducted very few or no audit.
    • Several states do not have adequate staff.
    • States have responded to the social audit findings poorly.
    • Adequate disciplinary action are not being taken.
  • The way forward
    • Funds to facilitate social audits of the NFSA.
    • Independent governing body and adequate staff of SAUs.
    • Prompt action on the social audit findings.
    • A real time management information system for tracking.
    • Mentoring and support
    • Partnership of CAG with local citizens and audit societies
  • As social audits are to extend to new areas, they must be implemented well.