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SRI DURGA MALLESWARA SWAMY VARLA DEVASTHANAM, INDRAKEELADRI, VIJAYAWADA

SOCIAL AUDIT

Basis of social audit in General:-

  • Social audit as a term was used as far back as the 1950s.
  • There has been a flurry of activity and interest in the last 20 years e. Right from PVP of the AP State Govt in AP and in India and neighbouring countries also for transparency in Administration.
  • Voluntary development organizations are also actively participating in Social Audit.
  • Social audit as per NIRD & as per Government of AP is based on the principle that democratic local governance should be carried out, as far as possible, with the consent and understanding of all concerned.
  • It is thus a process and not an event.

What is a social audit in General ?

  • A social audit is a way of measuring, understanding, reporting and ultimately proper use of funds and saving of funds through better management and by which improving an organization’s social, economical and ethical performance.
  • A social audit helps to narrow the gaps between vision, goal and reality, between efficiency and effectiveness. i.e., better management of the works funds allotted, expenditure incurring. It is a technique to understand, measure, verify, report on and to improve the social, economical , legal and ethical performance of the organization.
  • Social auditing creates an impact upon the governance and leads for ideal governance  in all aspects.
  • It values the voice of stakeholders, including marginalized/poor groups (devotees) whose voices are rarely heard.
  • Social auditing is taken up for the purpose of enhancing the local governance, particularly for strengthening of accountability in concerned employees towards the implementation of the programme from all corners i.e., from rule implementation, innovative ideology for better management of funds and by which saving of funds and  creating total transparency in local bodies/ temple Administration.

Objectives of social audit in General:-

  • Assessing the physical and financial gaps between the felt needs and resources in allotted budget and available other resources like philanthropic or spiritual donations / human resources  , available for local development / temple development.
  • Creating awareness among beneficiaries (devotees) and service providers of local social / spiritual / devotional and productive services.
  • Increasing optimum efficacy and effectiveness of local development / temple development
  • Scrutiny of various policy decisions, rule implementation keeping in view the stakeholder i.e., beneficiaries of the local area / temple devotees and interests and priorities, particularly of rural poor / general poor devotees.
  • Estimation of the opportunity cost for stakeholders / devotees of the temple of not getting timely access to public services.

Advantages of social audit:-

  • Trains the community / devotees group on participatory local planning with vision.
  • Encourages local democracy / Temple Administration for corruption free administration.
  • Encourages community participation in local development / in temple development.
  • Benefits disadvantaged groups / poor devotees and also to save the local funds / temple funds.
  • Promotes collective decision making and sharing responsibilities with the local Government / temple administration for provision of better amenities .
  • Develops human resources ,develops the saving of temple funds and social capital.

                      SOURCE  N I R D & Govt of AP vide G.O.Ms.No.292 , Dt: 7-8-2015 and Social Audit , Durga Temple, Vijayawada

Social Audit in AP Temples vide G.O. Ms. No. 292

Rev (Endts-II) Dept , Dt: 07-08-2015.

  • One of the important feature of Good Governance is under taking Social Audit in Temples.
  • The Social Audit in principle implies inspection of the temple Administration in all corners  like facilities  providing to devotees,  the way of income , the way of expenditure  and way of saving of temple funds and also it includes the checking of quality of the functioning of the institution by the team of Social Audit and by which creating accountability of the management to the public.
  • Thousands of temples are having land resources  those resources  are not being utilized by the temples due to encroachments . Hence, through Social Audit those land encroachments shall also be reviewed  to bring them under the occupation of the temples for better use of the temples. 
  • Many of the temples are having large hundial collections , they have to be put to correct use of the temples. The collections of the hundials shall also be counted before the devotees and other local public servants to avoid untoward incidents for which the social audit will help at large.
  • During the Social Audit it is essential to check the various temporary engineering works  of the temple for festivals  as well as permanent works of the temple to know the quality, fairness, procedure followed  and mis-use of  temple  This will create accountability  and responsibility  on the concerned  officer / temple  to the public and by which the ways which are leading for corruptive practices if any will be closed automatically . So, it is nothing but a best management of funds .
  • The Social Audit will result good fruits from the corner of facilities provided to the pilgrims, and behavior or  treatment of temple staff towards the pilgrims in general and especially for the lady devotees, devotes like senior citizens, physically challenged citizens , women with child in her arms and the pilgrims in general / free line.
  • The Government aims to do social audit with the distinguished and eminent citizens of the  Hence, it implies that the temple authorities shall make all activities of the temple management have to go on with full transparency  through the social audit teams local media, if possible through internet which will facilitate the temple for good administration.
  • As a good governance of the temple administration the management shall understand the underlying philosophy of the social audit as Social audit in temple means a review of temple provided facilities to the devotees, behaviour of the temple staff with devotees, inspection of ongoing works both temporary and permanent, taken actions of the temple management for recovery of the encroached temple lands, checking of income and expenditure of the temple by public /social audit and also maintenance of transparent temple administration and by which developing the accountability on each employee of the temple in incurring temple expenditures and resulting closer of maximum ways which are leading for corruptive practices if any. The temple management can also take-up an innovative research for saving the temple funds and also for better management of the temple the scientifically approved ‘’trial and error‘’ method may also be taken-up as per the need of the temple.

ABSTRACT

Amount saved per month in through thorough transparency and in Social Audit 

S.NO SECTION AMOUNT SAVED IN  JUN-15 REPORTS JULY-15 REPORTS AUGUST-15 REPORTS SEP-15 REPORTS OCT-15 REPORTS
1 PROVISIONS SECTION 1. Purchase of Gas 2. Purchase of Ghee   Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
2 PRASADAM PREPARATION SECTION 1.Preparation of Prasadams  Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
3 ANNDANAM SECTION 1. Nitya Annadanam Section 2. Supply of Gas –  Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
4 SANITATION SECTION 1. Supplying Man Power in Up Hill and Down Hill  Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
5 ENGINEERING WORKS- EXECUTIVE ENGINEER-I ENGINEERING WORKS Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
6 ENGINEERING WORKS- EXECUTIVE ENGINEER-II  ENGINEERING WORKS Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
7 ELECTRICAL CONSUMER CONSUMPTION BILLS  Using The Solar Power System  Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
8 ELECTRICAL WORKS  Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
9 TRANSPORT SECTION Plying of Buses Detailed report Deta3iled report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
10 KANAKADURGA PRABHA SECTION Sale of Kanakadurga Prabha Monthly Magazine Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
11 ACCOUNTS WING  Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
12 ESTABLISHMENT SECTION Supply of Security Guards Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
13 LEASE SECTION  Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report Detailed report
Total Amount saved in the Month Rs. 35,35,528/-  29,63,020/-  24,99,051/- 17,27,199/- 51,06,102/-

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