New Delhi, February 6: In order to ensure a strong accountability in the activities of work, the rural development has issued a strong and vigorous accountability framework for all its programs. The programmes of the Department of Rural Development have made important changes and progress in setting up a transparent and apparent framework with zero tolerance for corruption.
Besides all deals covered in the public domain which provides geo-tagged photos and real time information, the department has taken efforts to develop citizen centric apps like Gram Samvad, Meri Sadak, Awaas App etc. to improve the liability of the resource to the people. Auditors are appointed to check the activities of the department and have a real time check with the system of National Level Monitoring Institutions that aim of visiting around 600 districts and have a random sample verification of work.
The Department of Rural Development has also set up a small Internal Audit Wing which undertakes timely field verification of financial system from time to time and provides insights into the quality of financial management so that corrective action can be taken on time.
Rural Development Programmes now have a very strong robust accountability framework in partnership with the States. It has facilitated the approval of transparent system of record keeping, public information and citizen grievance redressal system.
The Department aims to further deepen these processes by conducting programmes at Gram Panchayat level from time to time with periodic public updation of display records in Gram Panchayat offices. Reforms to simplify Record Registers, Community Information Boards, and use of logo with financial details etc. is being relentlessly pursued to further strengthen the accountability from time to time.
Over 2.43 crore Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act assets and all Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin homes at different stages of construction are all geo-tagged and available on the public website. This greatly enhances transparency and accountability.