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In first, Jharkhand gets social audit team to boost NREGA work demand -Abhishek Angad

-The Indian Express According to officials, this is a big shift in the work demand process—separating demand generating and implementing agencies—and is likely to change the way MGNREGA functions in the state. In what the Jharkhand government says is the first such move by any state, the Rural Development Ministry has started capturing work demand under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) through its Social Audit Unit (SAU), generating nearly...

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In Jharkhand, social audit finds nearly half the people didn’t get full lockdown ration -Abhishek Angad

-The Indian Express These are some of the findings mentioned in a report prepared by Jharkhand’s Social Audit Unit, under the Rural Development Department, created to “promote transparency and accountability in implementation of the programs”. Ranchi: FORTY-EIGHT per cent people did not receive full two months’ ration, as promised by the Jharkhand government during the lockdown period. Out of 1,255 families inspected, which had pregnant/lactating women or children below five years of...

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Making every citizen an auditor -C Dheeraja and Karuna M

-The Hindu Various steps need to be taken to strengthen social audits “A good auditor is a good listener” said President Ram Nath Kovind during his recent speech at the 29th Accountants General Conference. “You will not only see the accounts in their books, but also listen to their accounts,” he said. It is only when this conception is accepted that audits will return to their democratic roots, and social audits in...

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Despite opposition from Gram Sabhas, cash transfer ordeal continues in Nagri block (Jharkhand)

-Press Release by the Right to Food Campaign dated 21st June 2018 Jharkhand’s misguided “DBT for food subsidy” pilot in Nagri Block (Ranchi District) is yet to be discontinued, despite virtually unanimous opposition to it from Gram Sabhas. The sequence of events is as follows: 1. The Nagri pilot was initiated in early October 2017. Public protests erupted almost immediately and have continued ever since. 2. Under the DBT system, people have to...

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People spend 13 hours to access direct benefit transfers in Ranchi -Mayank Jain

-Business Standard As a matter of fact, the study found that people are so unsatisfied with the DBT system being piloted by the government that they want to return to the previous system of grains distribution People in Nagri Block in Jharkhand have to wait for around 13 hours on average to be able to withdraw cash received through the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme and buy rice from the public distribution...

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