Transparency (Open Budget Index) 46/100
The Government of India provides the public with limited budget information.
Public Participation 19/100
The Government of India is weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage in the budget process.
By legislature 39/100
Budget oversight by the legislature in India is weak.
By auditor 75/100
Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in India is adequate.
India should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:
- Produce and publish a Pre-Budget Statement.
- Institutionalize the publication in a timely manner of all documents, including the Mid-Year Review and the Year-End Report.
- Increase the comprehensiveness of the Citizens Budget.
India should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:
- Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
- Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies at which testimony from the public is heard.
India should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:
- Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
- In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.