The Accountability Initiative (AI) at the Centre for Policy Research is delighted to share its PAISA for Panchayats report. This research extends AI’s PAISA methodology to track fund flows, and implementations processes at the rural local government level.
Watch the video above where TR Raghunandan, Advisor to AI, explains the motivation behind undertaking this research, the main findings and recommendations to the government, as well as AI's plans to extend this work to other states in India.
This research focuses on understanding the state of fiscal devolution to rural local governments, and answers two key questions:
- What are the overall trends in fiscal devolution to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) in Karnataka?
- How much money do Gram Panchayats actually receive?
By analysing fund flows in 30 Gram Panchayats in Mulbagal taluk, Kolar district, Karnataka, this research shows that despite the state’s pioneering efforts in improving intergovernmental fiscal transfers, the system clearly falls short of Karnataka's vision for effective devolution to Panchayats.
To read the report, click on the links: