Thursday, September 29, 2022

Social audit hearing in Chümou

The 2nd phase of the district level social audit public hearing under MGNREGS was held in the conference hall of the deputy commissioner (DC), Chümoukedima, Dansiripar block on Tuesday.
In a press release, DRDA Dimapur informed that assistant director, Social Audit Unit (SAU) Nagaland, in her introductory speech said social audit was a democratic process where people collectively monitored and evaluated the planning and implementation of a programme or scheme.
She said social audit was not only an audit of expenditure or decisions but also covered the issue of equity and equality in the programme implementation.
“It brings on board the perception and knowledge of people, involves people in the task of verification and also brings greater awareness and acceptability of the government schemes”, she further informed.
Represnting the district administration, SDO (C) Chümoukedima Sadar, observer Temsuchuba Jamir said the grassroots level needs to be empowered by bringing awareness on how projects were implemented in a transparent manner.
According to him, social audit was a powerful tool to empower people at grassroots level and was essential for all round development of the village.
The social audit report was presented by block resource (BRB) for Dansiripar block, Talitula Jamir and district resource person for Chümoukedima block, Abenla Jamir.
The resource persons highlighted audit findings where Open Action Taken Reports (ATRs) were discussed and rectifications were produced in written by concerned block development officers (BDOs).
Altogether, an amount of Rs. 66,010 was recovered from Dansiripar and Chümoukedima blocks.
The public hearing reaffirmed Gram Sabha resolutions, which included—to maintain detail transparency board for all the executed projects as per specification of Ministry guidelines; to organise Rozgar Diwas on regular basis; to appoint GRS/mates; to initiate capacity building measures for VDBs on proper book keeping (seven registers); to update job cards with all the necessary details; to maintain three phases photographs for executed projects.
Mismatch amount between MIS and block office sanction was noted and resolved to take necessary action to rectify the error; Rozgar Diwas to be held on a regular basis; work code to enter along with the name of the projects in cash book.
The programme was chaired by project director & DPC, DRDA Dimapur, Kethosituo Sekhose.
Altogether 32 villages were audited for FY 2020-21 at the 2nd phase social audit.