FOREIGN FUNDING FOR NGOs? Why?
While some NGOs are protesting about the accusation of intelligence bureau that some NGOs receive foreign funds which are misused , the question arises in one’s mind immediately as to why these NGOs receive funds from abroad at all. Can they not function well with the money made available to them by the government (around Rs. 950 crores per annum) and by many donors in India ?
While it is true that many NGOs are doing good work in several areas, there is suspicion that quite a number of NGOs in the country view the NGO activities as “business opportunity” perhaps, this explains as to why there are around 20 lakh number of NGOs in the country at present. ( One for every 600 citizens) Several promoters of NGOs who are not employed and who have no known source of income often are seen living in comfortable life style, with posh office facilities and travelling frequently. Obviously, such promoters divert part of the donation made to the NGOs for their personal benefits. It is also believed that under the cover of NGO, the overseas funds are used for conversions and other purposes under the guidance of overseas masters.
NGOs have very crucial role to play, since large percentage of countrymen living below poverty line and exploitation of the innocent people and atrocities against women are increasing.. At the same time, it has to be ensured that bad elements and motivated campaigners do not hide their true color in the name of NGOs.
Certainly, there is strong case that Government of India should closely monitor the activities of NGOs particularly those receiving funds from abroad and NGOs should be brought under RTI Act.
It would be even appropriate that Government of India should ban the practice of NGOs receiving funds from abroad once for all.
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