The CAC pilot programme provided grants to grassroots civil society organisations (CSOs) for projects that are addressing corruption in three major Government of India social safety net programmes: the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the Public Distribution System (PDS), and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). These schemes touch the daily lives of more than 300 million mostly poor households in India with an annual budget outlay of more than 1.5 lakh crores Indian Rupees (more than $30 billion). The CAC pilot programme covered a tiny fraction of these schemes. It currently covers over 1000 villages and is benefitting over 88,000 households with incomes below the poverty line. Most of the CAC project areas (see map) are much below the national average in terms of human, social and economic development indicators, being in tribal and hilly areas and urban slums that have greater socio-economic disparities and less effective local institutions. As a result, the task of promoting public action and strengthening citizen influence on local public institutions for better governance are more challenging compared to many other parts of India.