Rules and Policies of SAU

  • The Social Audit Unit shall be responsible for building capacities of Gram Sabha for conducting
  • social audit by identifying, training and deploying suitable resource persons at village, block, district and State level drawing from primary stakeholders and other civil society organisations having knowledge and experience of working for the rights of the people. The Social Audit Unit will create awareness amongst the labourers about their rights and entitlements under the Act, and facilitate verification of records with primary stakeholders and work sites.
  • Trained resource persons should be identified to facilitate the process of Social Audit. These trained resource persons in turn train the village community in carrying out the verification process. The resource persons can be drawn from primary stakeholders, civil society organizations, Bharat Nirman Volunteers (BNV), who have knowledge and experience of working for the rights of the people.
  • Bharat Nirman Volunteers, who are literate youths selected from villages and look after a cluster of habitations in ensuring the entitlements, could be used as village resource persons in conducting social audit.
  • The trained resource persons deployed for facilitating social audit in a Panchayat shall not be residents of the same Panchayats.
  • The Social Audit Unit shall be responsible to prepare social audit reporting formats, resource material, guidelines and manuals for the social audit process.
  • The Social Audit teams shall conduct door-to-door visits to meet beneficiaries of the MGNREGS under Audit and share relevant information with them. These teams shall also visit project sites and physically verify whether completed projects match information contained in the records of implementing agencies.
  • The Social Audit Unit shall be responsible to host the social audit reports including action taken reports in the public domain.
  • The Social Audit Unit shall facilitate smooth conduct of social audit by Gram Sabhas for reading out and finalising decisions after due discussions.
  • The implementing agency shall at no time interfere with the conduct of social audit.
  • The implementing agency of the scheme shall provide requisite information to the Program Officer for making it available to Social Audit Unit at least fifteen days prior to the date of commencement of the social audit.