Samarthan successfully organised a state-level Public Hearing on the issues emerging from the mandatory social audits we had facilitated in 10 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Held on 22nd January 2013 at Gandhi Bhawan, Bhopal, the Public Hearing managed to draw almost 150 beneficiaries and Panchayat representatives from 10 villages.
In keeping with its commitment to strengthen the Gram Sabha for ensuring transparency and accountability in development programmes such as the MGNREGS, Samarthan facilitated mandatory social audits of 15th August and 2nd October in about 783 villages of 10 districts (Sehore, Jhabua, Dhar, Badwani, Panna, Satna, Rewa, Jabalpur, Seoni and Damoh) of Madhya Pradesh.
Youth and community leaders from these villages were identified and imparted training on the social audit process. Information on the implementation of MGNREGS in their villages, obtained from online MIS of MGNREGS was provided to the youth leaders for verification and confirmation. As a result, vibrant social audits were conducted. Nevertheless, some of the issues emerging from the social audits were not resolved due to lack of proactive engagement of administration or policy constrains. It is for this reason Samarthan decided to organize the Public Hearing, providing a platform to the victims of corruption for putting forth their complaints. A jury comprising government officials and civil society representatives listened to the laborers complaints and tried to resolve them.
Following were the eminent jury members:
- Mr. Abhay Pandey, Director, M.P. Social Audit Committee
- Mr. Ashish Mandal, Member, National Advisory Council
- Mr. Sachin Jain, Advisor to Right to Food Commissioner
- Mr. Shyam Bohre, Social Worker
- Mr. Rakesh Diwan, Senior Journalist
- Ms. Shibani Sharma, Hunger Project, Bhopal
- Mr. Anil Madhav Dave, Rajya Sabha Member
This event has been widely covered by leading newspapers. Access our coverage in Hindustan Times here.