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Enforcement of Constitutional Provisions and Legal Act : The Governance strategies recognizes that mitigating and tackling mismanagement and misuse in the project will be governed and dealt as per the existing polices and constitutional provisions in the 4 Project States and in India. In this context, the Right to Information Act, 2005 and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 will be the two national constitutional provisions or legal acts that will be applicable to the project. In addition, other constitutional provisions related to fraud and corruption as appropriate and as per the law of the Union of India will be adopted by the project. The policy and legal enforcement provisions as mentioned above for mitigating and tackling fraud and corruption will cover all the stakeholders including project implementation agencies and community institutions either individually or institutionally.

The Right to Information Act, 2005 is an Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority, the constitution of a central information commission and State information commission and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. In the project and as per the provision in the Act, information sought should be provided within thirty days on receipt of a request and on payment of requisite fees, if any. However, if the request is rejected, the PIO (of the project) shall communicate to the person making request the reasons for rejection and other details as required by the law. The Act has provisions of penalty in case of willful hiding of information or otherwise misleading or giving information which will be suitably complied by the project authority. Further, if the person seeking information is not satisfied he may appeal to higher authority as designated by the project and to the State Information Commission. There will be training on RTI for staff, office bearers of SHG/Federations and other beneficiaries on the system and processes of RTI Act provision. The detail database on updated complaint receipt and action taken will be made available in public domain.