The Supreme Court of India has aggressively targeted the government on many issues in the recent past. Now the funds of NGO and their regularization issues have been making noises and Supreme Court has pulled up the Centre for non-regularization.
The SC has pulled up the government for not able to provide a regulatory mechanism for NGO fund monitoring as well as utilization of the same. The government has no regularized process for the management or tracking of funds coming in or going out from NGOs. Different societies as well as voluntary organizations also have no specified process of fund monitoring.
A bench headed by newly elected Chief Justice of India, J S Khehar has directed the Rural Development Secretary and Director of Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) for it.
The court has also asked them to be available before the bench all relevant records. The SC bench also asked the relevant officials to confirm if any CAG audit of NGOs post 2009 was carried out or not.
The bench raised an issue related to General Financial Rules 2005 and asked for their compliance in such cases. The SC bench was hearing a petition filed by advocate M L Sharma. The petition seeks regularization of NGO fund monitoring process and their utilization.