Public Audit of Local Area Development Fund in Meghalaya

It is often alleged that many people contest the state assembly elections in Meghalaya (India) not with the intention of serving the people but rather of having access to the financial packages that come with it. These include funds from the Special Rural Works Programme (SRWP), Construction of Rural Roads Programme (CRRP), Special Urban Works Programme (SUWP), Intensive Arts and Culture Development Programme (IA&CDP) and Intensive Sports and Youth Development Programme (ISYDP). This grant will support a public audit of the funds that are available to elected representatives to promote development projects in the state. The research team will examine the use of development funds by members of the legislative assembly, evaluate the schemes and programs implemented with these funds, and build a large citizens' campaign for transparency and accountability in the use of public funds. The team proposes to use the 2005 Right to Information Act as a tool to gather relevant information. The overall objective is to build capacity among village communities to oversee all development activities at the village level to ensure that goods and services are delivered in a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient manner.

Project ID

104660

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

End Date

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Duration

15 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 35,200

Countries

India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Project Leader

Banteilut R L Nongbri

Institution

R.S. Lyngdoh Training Centre

Institution Country

India