The AuditOnline Application has received global recognition for its contribution in facilitating online audits across Panchayati Raj Institutions in India. The software program was awarded the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2023 in the Action Line category ICT Applications: e-Government at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva.
The Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), along with the National Informatics Centre (NIC), has been recognized for its efforts in developing the AuditOnline application. The application enables the online audit of all Panchayati Raj Institutions, and its success has earned the team the WSIS Prizes Award 2023.
The application was submitted under the category “C7 – ICT Applications: e-Government” in the 12th edition of the contest. The WSIS Prizes recognize the excellence of stakeholders in supporting the implementation of WSIS outcomes, WSIS Action Lines, and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
AuditOnline was selected as the most voted project in the ICT Applications: e-Government category after a five-phase selection process. The prize distribution ceremony was held virtually on March 14, 2023, at the Centre International de Conférence Genève (CICG) in Switzerland. Shri Sunil Jain, DDG (Panchayat Informatics Division), NIC received the coveted ITU WSIS 2023 Winner Award for the AuditOnline application developed as part of Panchayat Enterprise Suite under ePanchayat Mission Mode Project initiated by MoPR.
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is an annual award event that aims to promote the use of ICTs for achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. The WSIS Forum 2023 was organized on the theme of ‘WSIS Action Lines for Building Back Better and Accelerating the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.
The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has been leveraging digital technology to deliver good governance in rural areas and ensure transparency and accountability in the functioning of Panchayats. The AuditOnline application was launched on 15th April 2020, in response to the concerns raised by the Central Finance Commission over the availability of audited accounts of Panchayats. The application enables online audits of accounts, further strengthening the financial management and transparency of the Panchayats. The application is configurable as per each State’s Audit Act / Rules.