Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
- Meghalaya became the first state in India to operationalise a law – The Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017- that makes social audit of government programmes and schemes a part of government practice.
- The legislation will be applicable to 11 departments and 21 schemes.
- A social audit facilitator will be appointed to conduct the audit directly with the people. He will present findings to the Gram Sabha, who will add inputs and the result will finally go to the auditors.
- So far, social audits of government programmes have been done at the initiative of civil society organisations. These social audits had no official sanction.