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Centre to keep tab on NGOs

From a correspondent
Agartala, Oct 12:  The Central government has instructed all the non-government organizations to update their documents and to submit audited accounts to keep strict surveillance on their activities, including their source of income and pattern of expenditure.
The registrar of Societies of Tripura in a notification stated that many of the NGO’s are not following the section 4A and 4B of the Societies Registration Act 1860. This is causing hindrance in keeping proper watch on the registered societies.
The notification, therefore, has asked all the registered NGO’s to submit all necessary documents including the list of their managing committee, audited account of annual income and expenditure, among others within 30 days.
K D Choudhury, registrar of societies, told the reporters that the NITI Ayog has recently issued an instruction, following a report, that large sums of money are being deposited in the accounts of various NGO’s from unknown sources including foreign countries and stressed the need for keeping proper account.
Choudhury said: “At present, nearly seven thousand NGO’s are registered in Tripura alone and it is presumed that many of them are not maintaining proper accounts.” He said the instruction had been issued with an aim to bring transparency in their dealings and to ensure regular on line surveillance.
It is a general impression that, barring a few, most of the NGO’s are run for business by some individual or a small group of people. With the help of vested interest groups that are active in Delhi and in the States, working on commission basis, these NGO’s are fetching a large amount of money from various Central government departments but not implementing the projects for which the money was sanctioned.
Earlier too, in many occasions, the Central government had issued similar instructions and many faults were detected, but hardly any actions were taken against any of the defaulting NGOs.