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Make a law to regulate NGOs, disbursal of funds: Supreme Court to Centre

· Existing regulations were not sufficient to regulate the NGOs across the country, court observed

· Earlier, CAPART said it had blacklisted 718 NGOs for not following the due process and not submitting their accounting details

· NGOs must be stopped. Specially these Gow Raksha spread terror and receive foreign funds.


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to consider making a law to regulate NGOs, disbursal of funds to them and consequential proceedings on account of defaults and asked it to respond in eight weeks.

A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said the existing regulations were not sufficient to regulate the NGOs across the country, the disbursal of funds and consequential defaults.

The bench, which also comprised Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul, granted eight weeks to the Centre to mull over the idea of legislation and apprise the court about its stand.

Earlier in the day, the government agency CAPART had recommended regi…

7 Ways to Keep Your Nonprofits NGO Board Members Engaged

The members of your board of directors are not just donors. They’re people, too. They didn’t join your nonprofit’s board to ask their friends and family for money, but because they care about your mission. While they are on the inside, they still need to know they are valued and making a difference.

Here are seven ways to help your board feel appreciated and involved:

1. Public Recognition

This type of appreciation can be done in many ways. One way is to feature a different board member profile in each of your nonprofit’s newsletters, giving your donors insight as to who is helping to run your organization. Another is to have a section of your website dedicated to information about your board members. Public recognition can also be done in person. When you host a special event, you could bring attention to your board by taking the time to publicly introduce any members who are in attendance.
2. Thank you event/retreat

Every year you should be treating your board to a thank you event or …

Jaitley on NGO crackdown: Good work doesn't give civil society groups immunity from laws

Defending the Indian government's crackdown on foreign-funded NGOs for legal violations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that "doing good work" does not give civil society groups immunity from laws.

Speaking on Monday at the Council on Foreign Relations here, he said that while contributions have been coming in for good purposes, "we have also suffered on account of some forms of funds coming into India for activities which we don't appreciate."

Answering a question about restrictions placed on civil society groups and foundations receiving foreign funds, Jaitley said the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) has legal requirements that an organisation receiving funds for a particular purpose has to use it for that and file annual returns.

It was found that many groups did not follow the procedures and action was being taken against them, he said.

"The fact that you are doing good work as a civil society organisation doesn't give you an…

Placed on FCRA blacklist, PHFI worked with govts, from Chhattisgarh to North East

In 2015, the BJP government of Chhattisgarh, represented by health minister Ajay Chandrakar, signed an MoU with PHFI to upgrade specialist doctors in Naxal-hit Bastar.

In 2015, the BJP government of Chhattisgarh, represented by health minister Ajay Chandrakar, signed an MoU with PHFI to upgrade specialist doctors in Naxal-hit Bastar.

Since last week, the top public health NGO Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) has been in the crosshairs of the NDA government, barred from accepting foreign funds. But not very long ago, it was the preferred partner of not just the UPA government but many BJP governments in states as well.

As recently as October last year, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the state-of-the-art new campus of the Indian Institute of Public Health- Gandhinagar (IIPHG), the western regional campus of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). In 2007, Narendra Modi, as CM, had done the bhoomi pujan for this university.

In 2015, the BJP government of Chhat…

Draft Three Year Action Agenda of NITI Aayog

In May 2016, the Prime Minister’s Office advised the NITI Aayog, its premier, independent think tank, to prepare a Fifteen Year Vision, Seven Year Strategy and Three Year Action Agenda. The Fifteen Year Vision and Seven Year Strategy document spanning 2017-18 to 2031-32 is in progress. The Action Agenda covers the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20, the last years of the Fourteenth Finance Commission.

How does the Vision, Strategy and Action Agenda exercise differ from the Five Year Plan process?

The 12th Five Year Plan was the last of the Five Year Plans. With an increasingly open and liberalized economy and given the new realities of the global economy, we needed to rethink the tools and approaches to conceptualizing the development process. The Vision, Strategy and Action Agenda framework will allow us to better align the development strategy with the changed reality of India.

An Overview of the Three Year Action Agenda

In preparing the Agenda, the NITI Aayog sought and received inputs…

Arun Jaitley defends government move to bar NGOs from receiving foreign funds

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today defended the government's move to bar some NGOs from receiving foreign funding, saying doing good work as a civil society organisation does not make them immune to the law.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today defended the government’s move to bar some NGOs from receiving foreign funding, saying doing good work as a civil society organisation does not make them immune to the law. Asked what message the government was sending by increasing pressure on NGOs when there was so much talk about India being open to foreign investment, Jaitley said that doing good work as a civil society organisation does not give immunity to work outside the legal system.

“The FCRA has a requirement which is that when you get the funding through a particular mechanism, you have to use the funds that you get for that particular purpose and you have to file annual returns. Data has been released as to the extent of how many organisations did not follow that process. “And t…

Ministry to PMO: Equal partners in NGO that lost foreign fund licence

The ministry is learnt to have told the PMO that the seed money for PHFI came from the ministry, BMGF and the private sector — Rs 65 crore each, and Rs 80 crore, respectively, according to a source.

THE HEALTH Ministry has told the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that the ministry and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) had made equal contributions — Rs 65 crore each — in the seed fund for setting up the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), an NGO working on public health.

The ministry stated this in reply to a clarification sought by the PMO on funding, governance structure and anti-tobacco activities of PHFI, which is one of the stated reasons for the sudden decision to cancel PHFI’s registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.

The ministry is learnt to have told the PMO that the seed money for PHFI came from the ministry, BMGF and the private sector — Rs 65 crore each, and Rs 80 crore, respectively, according to a source. The ministry said that PHFI is curren…

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