Call for social audit of all
Business Line, January 18,
sector related groups have urged the Finance Minister, Mr
Pranab Mukherjee, to make social audit compulsory for all
Centrally- sponsored schemes to ensure their proper
In their pre-Budget interaction
with Mr Mukherjee at North Block today, the representatives
of various social sector groups stressed the need for
speeding up financial inclusion along with financial
literacy and more consumer protection measures.
It was also suggested that the
wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) be hiked. They also felt that the
national minimum wage should be rational enough to give the
poor their dues.
Some civil society groups called
for competition reforms, through the adoption of the
national competition policy. Competition reforms could add
to economic growth, they pointed out.
“There are too many impediments
to competition in our policies, laws and regulations
governing a wide range of subjects administered by central
ministries and State governments. These need to be removed
so that economic forces are allowed to function without
hiccups and hurdles,” Mr Pradeep S. Mehta,
Secretary-General, CUTS International, an economic policy
research and advocacy group, said after the meeting.
Around 22 persons representing
various organisations attended the pre-Budget meeting.
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