Do GP's get their money?
A Case Study of Gram Panchayat Fund Flows in Birbhum District, West Bengal
Analytical studies on rural local government finance are few and far between in India. The paucity of reliable data and the lack of transparency in Panchayat finances and associated difficulties in accessing data are important reasons for this. These data gaps are well known and successive Finance Commissions have highlighted this problem with little effect. This PAISA Gram Panchayat (GP) study: ‘Do Gram Panchayats Get Their Money?’ is a small step towards filling this analytical gap. This study analyzes GP level finances in Birbhum district of West Bengal by asking the following questions
- Do GP's get their money?
- If so, do GP's get all their money? i.e. their entire entitlement?
- When do GP's receive their funds? i.e. do funds arrive on time?
- Do GP's spend their money?
- If so, what do GP's spend their money on? And does this expenditure reflect local needs and priorities?