Context: The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has launched the Action Taken Report (ATR) Module of AuditOnline through a virtual event.
AuditOnline is open-source software developed by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj as part of the Panchayat Enterprise Suite under the e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (as part of the Digital India Programme). Along with AuditOnline, the ministry also launched eGramSwaraj, another user-friendly accounting application.
Aim: The application aims to promote transparency and accountability in the financial management of Panchayats.
- It enables online audits of Panchayat accounts. It allows for the generation of audit reports, documentation of observations, and monitoring of actions taken in response to audit findings.
- The ATR Module will enable Panchayats to become more efficient, empowered, and corruption-free in managing funds.
The government’s target is to Audit all Panchayat accounts to meet the criteria of the Fifteenth Finance Commission for subsequent grants.