Budget Transparency and Participation - Recommendations to the Fourteenth Finance Commission

Economic and Political Weekly

  • 2014
  • Ravi Duggal, Nilachala Acharya and Anjali Garg

This paper explores the need for a Pre-Budget Statement, sub-national transparency and civil society participation to make the budgetary process in India more transparent, accountable and participatory. In a formal sense, the Government of India provides considerable transparency in the budget process, but in a substantive sense, public participation is very limited. The Fourteenth Finance Commission has the opportunity to recommend true budget transparency, accountability and participation.

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