Budget Briefs 2016: State of Social Sector Expenditure
By Accountability Initiative, 13 Oct 2016

Every year Accountability Initiative (AI) delivers a budget brief series analysing government allocations and expenditure in key social sector schemes.

This year, AI realigned its budget work to study state rather than union budgets in response to the Fourteenth Finance Commissions (FFC) recommendations to increase the fiscal autonomy of states. Through a study of 19 state budgets, AI analysed how this move toward fiscal devolution impacted the future of social sector investments.

In the video (above) Yamini Aiyar, Director of AI, explains what these briefs are and how they will be used to deepen the public debate, going forward. 

The full report, State of Social Sector Expenditure in 2015-2016 can be accessed here.

The research this year analysed union budgets in four schemes combining these with field surveys.

Budget briefs on government schemes can be accessed here: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Integrated Child Development Services, Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and National Health Mission.

Six out of the 19 states studied in the State of Social Sector Expenditure in 2015-2016 were studied in detail.

These six state briefs can be accessed here: Bihar, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.