Government prepares draft guidelines for accreditation of NGOs

The Economic Times published an article titled, “Government prepares draft guidelines for accreditation of NGOs.” The article reads in part as follows;

“NEW DELHI: The rural development ministry has drawn up draft guidelines for the accreditation of NGOs and other voluntary organisations, it informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

These include proposals on how they should maintain their accounts and the course of action if they misused grants. The draft also details conditions under which criminal action could be initiated.

Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta circulated the proposals in the court on Wednesday to seek suggestions. The proposed norms, said the ministry, would help ensure transparency and autonomy of NGOs.

The guidelines suggested by the ministry will now be assessed by the court. The ministry has suggested the Niti Aayog as the nodal agency for NGOs.
The Aayog would maintain a database of all NGOs which apply for official grants and track their use and ensure recovery where that is required. NGOs would also get unique identities and the public could scrutinise their records.

The proposed rules will ensure seamless tracking of all work done by an NGO in the past and ensure that they stick to regulatory guidelines and ensure compliance, the ministry said.”

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