Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
7) The recent storm related to demand for more transparency by means of reinforcing the social audit mechanisms holds widespread importance but it may also lead to overlap in priorities. comment. (250 words)
Ethics by Lexicon
Why this question:
The question is about analyzing the ethical angle involved in social auditing mechanisms that are meant to provision for greater transparency and accountability in the system of welfare policies and provisions.-
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the importance of social auditing mechanisms and their role in ensuring transparency in the system and one has to also bring out how it may lead to overlap of priorities.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
In a few introductory lines write about social auditing mechanism and their importance in public administration.
Answer to such questions are best explained with case studies and example , one can explain it with policies such as MGNREGA and the respective social auditing associated with it. What are the challenges faced by it ? how can it be overcome? What needs to be done? Why is it often known to jump priorities? Its association with bringing transparency and accountability in public administration.
Conclude with significance of such mechanisms and need for a balanced approach.