Accountability: (Yojana September 2020) (Download PDF)

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Definition of Accountability
  • Process and norms that make decision makers answerable to ones for whom decision are taken – not based on hierarchy
  • Answerable component to justify action and enforce it

Improve Confidence of Public

  • Feedback b/w government and citizens
  • External accountability by elections and internal accountability by checks and balances & oversight mechanism

Who is Accountable to Whom and for What?

  • Accountability is obligation to give an account of actions taken or decisions made by person in authority to stakeholders who are impacted by the decisions – necessitates transparency in decision making
  • Weak administrative framework leads to weak accountability
  • RTI 2004 – brought in lots of accountability and transparency – faster services and clear transactions

CBDT – Issue of Timeline for Refunds

  • Feb 2020 – section 119A in Income Tax as Taxpayers Charter – legal backing to citizens
  • Financial accountability – budget is passed to implement schemes and executive has full authority to formulate schemes and projects
  • Accountability includes answerability and enforcement – sensitize functionaries towards responsibilities and duties – bring transparency and well defined Standard Operating Procedures for job performance.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 23, 2020

Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana

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