The AuditOnline application, developed under the e-panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP) as part of the Panchayat Enterprise Suite (PES), has been recognized at the WSIS Forum 2023. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) and National Informatics Centre (NIC) received recognition for the software program under Category 7 — Action Line (AL) C7 — ICT Applications: e-Government. The application facilitates the internal and external audit of government departments or Panchayati Raj Institutions.
WSIS Prizes 2023
The application was submitted in the 12th edition of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2023 contest at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva. The contest included a five-phase process, and AuditOnline won the WSIS Prizes Award 2023 under the Action Line category ICT Applications: e-Government. The prize distribution ceremony was held at the Centre International de Conférence Genève (CICG), also known as International Conference Centre Geneva in Switzerland, on March 14, 2023.
The WSIS is an annual award event coordinated by the ITU, affiliated with the United Nations (UN), in collaboration with UNESCO, UNDP, and UNCTAD to promote ICTs for achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. This event is intended for ICT development initiatives that support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) play a vital role in delivering various services and basic amenities to citizens residing in vast rural landscapes of the country. It is of utmost importance that the Panchayats are well-equipped with the necessary infrastructure and have adequately trained manpower. Central Finance Commissions mandated Grants are continuously provided by the Central Government to the PRIs, including Traditional Local Bodies (TLBs), across the country. Hence, it becomes necessary that the PRIs/TLBs performances are continuously monitored to ensure transparency in utilization of public money for developmental activities in rural areas and to ensure accountability in their overall functioning.
The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has been continuously leveraging Digital Technology to deliver good governance in rural areas and bring about transparency and accountability in the Panchayat functioning, and to enhance end-to-end experience of delivering public services.
To address the critical institution reform of making available the accounts online, both before and after audit, MoPR launched the AuditOnline application on 15th April 2020. The application carries out online audits of accounts, further strengthening the financial management and transparency of the Panchayats. One of the unique aspects of the application is that it is configurable as per every States’ Audit Act / Rules.
The application has been instrumental in facilitating the internal and external audit of government departments or Panchayati Raj Institutions. The availability of audited accounts of the Panchayats is a matter of concern, and AuditOnline has played a significant role in making the accounts accessible online. The AuditOnline application is a crucial component of the e-panchayat MMP and the PES, providing transparency, accountability, and better governance.
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