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 »
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.
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 (NEW)
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 »
This brief examines the various Public Service Guarantee Acts enacted by 9 states in India.
The field notes in this series seek to document accountability mechanisms built into key government programs for service delivery. These include programs such as the National Rural Health Mission, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme, Public Distribution System and others. Read more »
Social Audits are now widely accepted as an important mechanism to address corruption and strengthen accountability in government service delivery. Read more »
The past decade has witnessed an overwhelming interest among citizens and civil society groups around the world to engage with budget issues, through a mix of analysis, public education and advocacy. Read more »
Requiring Indian Utilities to Report: Harnessing disclosure legislation to improve water and sanitation services
By contrasting the reporting requirements of the Indian Water and Sanitation Utilities with other international experiences, this paper calls attention to the information vacuum that pervades Urban WatSan Utility sector in India. Read more »