Civil Society Urges Local Governments to be Transparent and Accountable

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Integrated Rural Development Society (IRDS) organized a district level interaction on Transparency and Accountability of Local Governments During COVID-19 Pandemic in Tamghas Gulmi on July 31, 2020.Participants from civil society, media, academia, legal fraterncy  including private sector discussed how local governments should promote transparency and accountability in its actions toward containing the COVID-19 pendamic. Participants raised the issue of transparency in expenditure made in responding to COVID-19 and to publicize details of the budget for the fiscal year 2020/21 through government's website.

                          They also discussed the importance of social accountability tools such as public hearing, public audits and social audits in promoting transparency and accountability. They decided to handover a memorandum to the District Committee (DCC) to maintain transparency in expenses for COVID 19, publicize details of budget for fiscal year 2020/21 on their websites, and to promote the use of social accountability tools. Accepting the memorandum, DCC chair Laxman Parajuli pledged to share the issue raised by civil society with all local governments. Padam Prasad Pandey, a civil society activist, urged local governments to be transparent and accountable. A total of 25 people (14 female) participated ih the discussion.

Integrated Rural Development Society (IRDS) organized a district level interaction on Transparency and Accountability of Local Governments During COVID-19 Pandemic in Tamghas Gulmi on July 31, 2020.Participants from civil society, media, academia, legal fraterncy  including private sector discussed how local governments should promote transparency and accountability in its actions toward containing the COVID-19 pendamic. Participants raised the issue of transparency in expenditure made in responding to COVID-19 and to publicize details of the budget for the fiscal year 2020/21 through government's website.

                          They also discussed the importance of social accountability tools such as public hearing, public audits and social audits in promoting transparency and accountability. They decided to handover a memorandum to the District Committee (DCC) to maintain transparency in expenses for COVID 19, publicize details of budget for fiscal year 2020/21 on their websites, and to promote the use of social accountability tools. Accepting the memorandum, DCC chair Laxman Parajuli pledged to share the issue raised by civil society with all local governments. Padam Prasad Pandey, a civil society activist, urged local governments to be transparent and accountable. A total of 25 people (14 female) participated ih the discussion.