Policy Brief

Rural Local Body Core Functions and Finances

In 2013-14, Accountability Initiative(AI) was tasked by the Fourteenth Central 14th Finance Commission (FFC) to examine several aspects of the structure of devolution of powers, responsibilities and finances by states to rural local bodies (RLBs), based on the data provided by them to the FFC. Read more »

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State of the Nation: RTE Section 12(1)(c)

 Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act imposes a legal obligation upon private unaided schools to reserve 25 percent of the seats in the entrylevel class for children from Economically Weaker Section and disadvantaged categories. Read more »

School Management Committees: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities

Section 21 of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE), mandates the formation of School Management Committees (SMCs) in all elementary government, government-aided schools and special category schools in the country. The RTE Act envisions an SMC as the basic unit of a decentralised model of governance with active involvement of parents in the school’s functioning. Read more »

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School Management Committees: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
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Accountability Initiative and Central Square Foundation

Interactive Voice Response System: Closing Feedback Loops and Enhancing Accountability in the Mid-Day Meal Scheme

The Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) offers a technology-driven solution to strengthen the monitoring framework and information flows of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS). It is being implemented in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar since 2010 and 2012, respectively. Read more »

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Publication Author: 
Mehjabeen Jagmag and Shailey Tucker

Right to Public Service Acts in India: The Experience from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh

Ten states of India have passed Right to Public Services act in previous two years with a view to improve functioning and increase accountability of these services . This policy brief examines the implementation of the act in two states, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar and gauges its impact. Read more »

Comparative Overview of the Legislative Framework for administrative oversight in Commonwealth countries

This brief looks at the legislative framework pertaining to oversight agencies or Ombudsman in select Commonwealth countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and United Kingdom, whose mandate entails investigating complaints against administrative action of the government and its agencies. Read more »

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Swagata Raha

25% Reservation under the RTE: Unpacking the Rules in PAISA States

The RTE Act mandates a minimum of 25% reservation for disadvantaged groups and economically weaker sections in private unaided schools. This Brief analyses the key provisions for the policy's implementation in the PAISA states. 

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Analysis of the Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011

This brief analyses the key features of The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011 (referred to as the GR Bill in the Policy Brief). Read more »

A case study of Interactive Voice Response System based Daily Monitoring System in Uttar Pradesh

Between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm every day, headmasters of government-run elementary schools in Uttar Pradesh receive an automated phone call from State headquarters asking them to report on the number of mid-day meals served to school children. In response, headmasters punch in the appropriate number. Read more »