BENGALURU: The Supreme Court’s order that directed the central government to audit nearly 30 lakh NGOs which receive public funds and submit a report to the Court regarding the same, gets mixed responses from the NGOs across the city.
Rakesh M.R., Secretary and Co-founder of Youth For Parivarthan said, “Auditing is the best thing to minimize the black money from being blocked in NGOs.” The NGO, Youth For Parivarthan identifies and works for the improvement of weaker and vulnerable in the society.
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The order was issued by a Bench presided over by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and comprising Justices N.V. Ramana and D.Y. Chandrachud in a public interest litigation filed by advocate M.L. Sharma.
In context to the Supreme Court’s order that stated any NGO found to have cooked its books or indulged in misappropriation should be subject to immediate criminal prosecution, Kshithij U.R.S., a social activist and a visiting professor at the National Law School of India said, “Though it sounds appropriate, the order itself is a Trojan Horse.”
He further added that the motive of the government is not just to look into the books of accounts but is to monitor its activities of the NGOs who have done unparallel work with the deprived communities.
In response to the Court’s order which directed the Centre to lay down guidelines for accreditation of NGOs, the manner in which they shall maintain accounts and auditing of the same, Rakesh M.R., Secretary and Co-founder of Youth For Parivarthan said that this order would not affect the NGOs that have already been auditing their books of accounts.
Aniruddh S. Dutt, President of ‘Let’s Be The Change’ which coordinates with the BBMP officials to clean up the places and beautify it by painting and installing sit-ups while speaking to The Beacon said, “Public will now have more faith in the NGOs as each penny they contribute will be accounted.”
He further added that the crowd will not hesitate to contribute their bit for NGOs. The Supreme Court directed the NGOs to file compliance report by March 31, 2017.