Civil Society Interface with the Budgetary Processes in India: Practices and Challenges

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Publication No: PD-277

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The paper intends to elaborate the emergence of civil society budget work in India and its interface with the various stages of budget cycle from the stage of formulation to the stage of monitoring. The process of budgeting is skewed towards the executive, which plays significant role in the governance of public purse, however in theory the oversights mechanism of budgeting has been constitutionally mandated to Legislature. There is urgent need to build the capacity of the legislator to reclaim the oversights power on executive budgeting and in the process, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are positively contributing to strengthen the legislative oversights mechanism. The paper has also attempted to document civil society interventions at the enactment stage of the budget in India particularly at the provincial level in order to strengthen the existing legislative oversights mechanisms of the budget. In the end, he paper concludes in highlighting certain constraints to budget works in the country.

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