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Social Audits of MGNREGA in Meghalaya, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Economics, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (4), Pages 12-16, April,14 (2014)


Social audit is a tool to bring community participation in the implementation and monitoring of government schemes ensuring that beneficiaries are aware of their rights and entitlements and can hold officials accountable for the performance of these schemes. In this paper, we examine and discuss implementation of social audit of MGNREGA in Meghalaya and analyse the findings of the social audits undertaken in 55 villages of Meghalaya, one of the north-eastern states in India.. Our study of the process of auditing shows that although in most of cases social audits may have been conducted only for compliance, there are instances where the audits have been able to detect anomalies in implementation of the scheme.


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