Indeed long overdue
At a time when the government bodies have come under unprecedented public pressure to disclose their past financial dealings in order to give precedent to a culture of transparency, it would be appropriate to expect the same non-ambiguity and accountability in the INGOs, NGOs and the so-called private companies as well. The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has already finalised a draft to especially “monitor and evaluate” the programmes of the INGOs and to check whether their policies and projects are in tune with the objectives of the Tenth Five Year Plan, as well as the MoWCSW and Social Welfare Act, 1992. This is a welcome development since some sort of a formal system to bring the INGOs, NGOs and the companies concerned under the purview of government regulation was indeed long overdue.
There is no doubt that the non-governmental sector has immensely contributed to the country’s overall development endeavour over the years. Moreover, given the changed democratic scenario, it could now play a more constructive role in achieving the goals of poverty alleviation and economic development. Unfortunately, however, discrepancies and malpractices of all kinds have become a part and parcel of the entire sector. The draft should thus be taken in a positive vein by all concerned, who should in fact now display readiness to cooperate with and assist the new dispensation in framing and implementing the nation-building strategies. It is also the people’s prerogative, on the other hand, to have full knowledge of all transactions regarding donor aid — who has given how much to whom for what specific purpose.