Stringent vigilance required of NGOs and voluntary organisations

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A bad face of a large number of NGOs and other voluntary organisations is highlighted in the report of the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART). CAPART, an autonomous body functioning under Rural Development Ministry blacklisted as many as 833 NGOs and other voluntary organizations. They were found guilty in indulging themselves in wrongful use of the funds.

The Committee headed by Sumitra Mahajan has forwarded this information to the Standing Committee on Rural Development. Top 3 states with maximum number of such blacklisted organisations are Andhra Pradesh (192) followed by Bihar (125) and Tamil Nadu (83). Some other important states on higher side of the list are 75 from Karnataka, 72 from Uttar Pradesh, 42 from Rajasthan and 35 from Kerala.


The committee indicated that they were blacklisted for the irregularities like misappropriation of the funds. CAPART’s main aim is to involve NGOs and voluntary organisations in the implementation of development programmes and promote need-based innovative programmes. It facilitates and supports voluntary action for the successful creation of people-led models of excellence in remote villages which will help all social sector developments in the long term. But it is found that various NGOs and voluntary organisations have misused the funds on a large scale.

The committee has raised questions on the existing checks and balances and on what basis these NGOs and other voluntary organizations are selected to get assistance from the ministry. The committee has further indicated that there is an urgent need to work on the existing checks and balances so that only genuine NGOs and other voluntary organisations can get assistance from CAPART.

There is a need to keep a close look on the proper channelisation of the funds. Structural reforms in the CAPART seem the need of the hour for its better functioning and an overall inclusive development. Strict actions needed to be taken against the guilty ones and government support should be stopped immediately to these organisations. These NGOs and voluntary organisations need to get reconnected with the people and serve their main goal of serving the needy population properly and elegantly for which they come into existence. We hope that this report will work as a wake up call for the concerned system.

 

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