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Unpacking Transparency and Accountability Measures

Gayatri Sahgal

In 2008, Kaluram Salvi, Sarpanch of Vijaypura Gram Panchayat, Rajsamand district Rajasthan, implemented a unique experiment aimed at strengthening transparency in the implementation of the  Mahatama Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). He created a ‘Janta Information System (JIS) by painting crucial information related to implementation of MGNREGA on the walls of the Gram Panchayat office. This study examines the relationship between the JIS and accountability through an analysis of the links between JIS, voice and the formal grievance redressal system.

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