Social Audit is the process of measuring the performance of various government schemes and public services as against the stated objectives. In short, the social audits help to evaluate the true ground impact of social schemes.



  1. Limiting the scope of leakages and corruption.
  2. Enhances local people’s participation in governance and makes it more effective form of governance.
  3. Increases local people’s awareness about government programs and their entitlement rights.
  4. Increases the responsiveness of the government towards the citizens.
  5. Allows for more transparency and accountability in various schemes for government.



  1. Most states have not implemented social audit despite mandatory provisions laid down by MGNREGA.
  2. Local officials are hesitant in implementing social audit principals and there is resistance against its institutionalization.
  3. The redressal process of social audits is still not strong enough.
  4. Stakeholders are ignored





  1. Ensure institutionalisation of social audits across all states making it enforceable and credible
  2. Capacity building to facilitate beneficiary-led-audits keeping in mind local circumstances and empowering local participation.