Govt grants Rs 950 crore to NGOs, account it says SC
For the first time we have realised the phenomenal amount of money the government is giving to the Non-Governmental Organisations, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday. It was brought to the SC's light that the government gives NGOs Rs 950 crore every year.
It is taxpayers' money and the NGOs and voluntary organisations must be held accountable for the same, the SC also observed. The SC also asked the government to inform it within eight weeks whether it wants to streamline the NGOs through guidelines or a legislation.
The SC said that since 78 ministries and departments were granting money to NGOs, a law on regulating funds and work by the NGOs would be much better. The court also asked the Centre to examine enacting a law to regulate government funds for NGOs and prosecute them in cases of misuse or misappropriation of funds.