Study on Transparency in State Budgets in India: Scope and Methodology
This study is a first step towards understanding the issues pertaining to budget transparency at the sub-national levels in the country, and, therefore, in the nature of developing baseline information at the level of State Budgets for selected States. Given that the entire study was completed over a period of eight months (from July 2010 to February 2011), and with limited resources, the focus of the present study would be solely on assessing transparency in State Budgets; it would not be assessing any of the other related aspects, such as, the process of planning in the States, the process of implementation of budget proposals in the States, the kind of policy priorities underlying the States Budgets, or the extent to which budget making process in the States is participatory.
The study covers ten States, viz. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.