MGNREGS social audit lessons from AP
Andhra Pradesh's experience with social audits holds important lessons for the Congress's empowerment agenda
At the heart of the Congress party’s narrative on the rights-based welfare state is the idea that rights laws, to quote Sonia Gandhi, “put pressure on the executive to be more responsive and accountable" and in doing so bring about an “empowerment revolution". To enable this revolution, rights laws have had built into them procedural requirements for greater transparency and accountability. Prominent among them is the mandatory provision to conduct social audits on the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).