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Vidyanjali – School Volunteer Programme is an initiative for Volunteers

Vidyanjali – (School Volunteer Programme) is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education & Literacy to enhance community and private sector involvement in Government run elementary schools across the country under the overall aegis of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

This programme has been envisaged to bring together people willing to volunteer their services at schools which really need them. The volunteers will act as mentors, confidantes and communicators with children.

In consonance with this objective, MyGov in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development has developed a mobile application for schools and other educational institutions to engage interested citizens in volunteering for such on-ground engagements.

The application will enable interested volunteers to connect with government educational institutions including schools to mentor students. This mobile application would act as a nexus between the volunteers and government bodies under a Volunteer Management Program. Through this mobile application, mentors can interact with institutions directly and can contribute in the institution’s activity with relevant knowledge and skill set.

The application is an interactive mobile platform which facilitates communication between the two stakeholders helping institutions to post their academic and non-academic requirements seeking suitable volunteers for the specified role. The prospective volunteers, users of the application, would be able to show their interest based on the available volunteering opportunities viewing the list ordered basis fetched user location. The application would boast of a separate dashboard for institutions and volunteers both, which would be inclusive of a map enabling feature of locating both the institution and the volunteer. The exact locations of volunteers and institutions would be view-able through pin markers on the map.

The volunteer application would allow two-way search from the end of both the stakeholders. A volunteer would be able to seek activities and show his/her interest in the listed activities. Similarly, an institution would be able to search for volunteers who are using the app meeting their requirement, request for a volunteer, review a volunteer profile, and schedule a meeting for further action and appointment.

Hence, the application would help connect keen volunteers with educational institutions for being able to associate and work with the institution on need basis plugging in the vacant spaces. This would not only bring satisfaction to the volunteers but also make the students’ experience seamless. An application to this effect would serve as a successful and innovative alternative to resolve temporary issues of missing or incompetent human resource faced by educational institutions.
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विद्यांजली – शैक्षिक संस्थानों के साथ स्वयंसेवकों को जोड़ने स्कूल स्वयंसेवी कार्यक्रम

विद्यांजली – (स्कूल स्वयंसेवी कार्यक्रम) सर्व शिक्षा अभियान के समग्र तत्वावधान में देश भर में सरकार द्वारा संचालित प्राथमिक विद्यालयों में समुदाय और निजी क्षेत्र की भागीदारी बढ़ाने के लिए मानव संसाधन विकास मंत्रालय, स्कूल शिक्षा और साक्षरता विभाग की एक पहल है।

इस कार्यक्रम द्वारा उन लोगों में एक साथ लाने का उद्देश्य है, जो उन स्कूलों में स्वयंसेवा करने को तैयार हैं जहाँ वास्तव में उनकी ज़रूरत है। स्वयंसेवक बच्चों के साथ सलाहकार, विश्वासपात्र और संवादकर्ता के रूप में कार्य करेंगे।

इस उद्देश्य के अनुरूप, माईगोव ने मानव संसाधन विकास मंत्रालय के सहयोग से स्कूलों और अन्य शैक्षणिक संस्थानों में स्वयंसेवा के लिए इच्छुक नागरिकों को इस तरह के ज़मीनी कार्यों में संलग्न करने के लिए एक मोबाइल एप्लिकेशन विकसित की है।

यह एप्लिकेशन इच्छुक स्वयंसेवकों को स्कूलों सहित सरकारी शैक्षिक संस्थानों से जोड़ने में सहायक होगा। यह मोबाइल एप्लिकेशन स्वयंसेवी प्रबंधन कार्यक्रम के अंतर्गत स्वयंसेवकों और सरकारी निकायों के बीच गठजोड़ के रूप में कार्य करेगा। इस मोबाइल एप्लिकेशन द्वारा मेंटर्स संस्थाओं के साथ सीधे संपर्क कर सकते हैं और संबंधित ज्ञान और कौशल से संस्था की गतिविधि में योगदान दे सकते हैं।

यह एप्लिकेशन एक इंटरैक्टिव मोबाइल प्लेटफॉर्म है जो संस्थानों द्वारा निर्धारित शैक्षणिक और गैर-शैक्षणिक भूमिका में उपयुक्त स्वयंसेवकों की मांग को पोस्ट करने में सहायता के लिए दो हितधारकों के बीच संपर्क सुविधा प्रदान करता है। भावी स्वयंसेवक, एप्लिकेशन के उपयोगकर्ता अपने वर्तमान स्थान के आधार पर प्राप्त सूची को देखकर उपलब्ध स्वैच्छिक अवसरों में अपनी रुचि दिखा सकेंगे। एप्लिकेशन का संस्थानों और स्वयंसेवकों, दोनों के लिए एक अलग डैशबोर्ड का दावा है , जिसमें संस्थान और स्वयंसेवक दोनों को ढूंढने की सुविधा वाला मानचित्र होगा। मानचित्र पर पिन मार्कर्स के माध्यम से स्वयंसेवकों और संस्थानों की सटीक स्थिति दिखेगी ।

स्वयंसेवक एप्लिकेशन दोनों हितधारकों की ओर से दो तरफा खोज की अनुमति देगा। स्वयंसेवक गतिविधियों की खोज करके सूचीबद्ध गतिविधियों में अपनी रुचि दिखा सकेगा। इसी तरह, एक संस्था उसकी जरूरतों को पूरा करने वाले ऐसे स्वयंसेवकों की खोज कर सकेगी जो एप का उपयोग कर रहे हैं, स्वयंसेवक के लिए अनुरोध कर सकेगी, स्वयंसेवक प्रोफ़ाइल की समीक्षा कर सकेगी, और आगे की कार्रवाई और नियुक्ति के लिए मीटिंग का आयोजन कर सकेगी।

इसलिए, यह एप्लिकेशन शैक्षिक संस्थानों के साथ इच्छुक स्वयंसेवकों को जोड़ने और रिक्त स्थानों को भरने के लिए संस्था के साथ सहयोग करेगा। इससे न केवल स्वयंसेवकों को संतोष प्राप्त होगा बल्कि विद्यार्थियों को भी सहज अनुभव होगा। इस आशय की एक एप्लिकेशन शैक्षिक संस्थानों के सामने आने वाले अनुपस्थित या अक्षम मानव संसाधन जैसे अस्थायी मुद्दों को हल करने के लिए एक सफल और अभिनव विकल्प के रूप में काम करेगी ।

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Scheme for Incentive to Parents of Girl Child

The Government is not implementing / proposes to implement any scheme to provide incentives to the parents of girl child/ daughter in the country. However, ‘Jansankhya Sthirtha Kosh’ (an autonomous body under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) is providing financial benefits to the couples under the ‘Prerna Scheme’. The details of the Scheme are given below:-

Scheme: Prerna Strategy:
In order to help push up the age of marriage of girls and space the birth of children in the interest of health of young mothers and infants, Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (National Population Stabilization Fund) – an autonomous body of the MoHFW, Govt. of India has launched PRERNA, a Responsible Parenthood Strategy in all districts of seven focus states namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Rajasthan.
The strategy recognizes and awards couples who have broken the stereotype of early marriage, early childbirth and repeated child birth and have helped change the mindsets of the community.
In order to become eligible for award under the scheme, the girl should have been married after 19 years of age and given birth to the first child after at least 2 years of marriage. The couple will get an award of Rs.10, 000/- if it is a Boy child or Rs.12, 000/- if it is a Girl child. If birth of the second child takes place after at least 3 years of the birth of first child and either parent voluntarily accept permanent method of family planning within one year of the birth of the second child, the couple will get an additional award of Rs.5,000/- (Boy child) / Rs.7,000/- (Girl child). The amount of award is given in the form of National Saving Certificate (NSC). The scheme is meant only for BPL families.

Important Conditions:
1. Couple must belong to BPL family
2. Age of lady should not exceed 30 years
3. The girl should have been married after 19 years
4. First child birth after at least 2 years of marriage
5. Second child birth after at least 3 years of the first child birth
6. Either parent voluntarily accepts permanent method of family planning within one year of the second child birth
If above four (S.N. 1-4) conditions are fulfilled then payment of award:
Rs. 10,000/- if boy child
Rs. 12,000/- if girl child
If all above six (S.N.1-6) conditions are fulfilled then payment of award:
Rs. 15,000/- if both are boys
Rs. 17,000/- if one boy & one girl child
Rs. 19,000/- if both are girls

Certificates Required:

  1. BPL certificate of the couple
  2. Date of birth certificate of Mother (Schools/Board/Registrar of birth/death)
  3. Marriage Certificate of the couple (Registrar of marriages/appropriate govt. officer/delegated authorities)
  4. Birth Cert. of 1st child (Registrar / appropriate govt. officer registering births/death)
  5. Birth Cert. of 2nd child, if any. (Registrar / appropriate govt. officer registering births/death)
  6. Sterilization Certificate (NSV/LTT), if any, ( Govt. Hospital)
  7. Character Cert. (Gram Panchayat)
  8. Note: Photocopies of all relevant documents should be attested by a gazetted officer.

Check List for Administrators and Organizations Partnering JSK:

  1. The selection process should involve the community at all stages. However vital events like date of birth and sterilization etc have to be checked / certified through government sources only. The community should be satisfied about the selection and the selected couples should be worthy of being seen as Role Models for Responsible Parenthood.
  2. While identifying the eligible couples, there is a need to examine the reason for the girl’s marriage at 19 years. If the reason supports the girl’s health, education or skill learning then the selection is worthwhile. In case it was due to extraneous factors, the girl should not be included. It is very important that the PRERNA ‘Role models’ should inspire confidence and not create controversy.
  3. The upper age limit for eligible married women should be below 30 years. There is no age limit for the husband but younger is better.
  4. Care needs to be taken while selecting an eligible couple. The girl’s marriage should be 19 years (not 18) and the first child should be born when the mother’s age is more than 21 years. Likewise the second child should be born after a 3 years gap and there should be documentary evidence of sterilization after the second child.
  5. Marriage and Birth registration is compulsory. In case supporting documents are not available, proper certification regarding birth and marriage from authorized sources is necessary to claim the Award.
  6. The eligible couples should not have any criminal record which points to unsuitability.
  7. Payments are made in the form of a National Saving Certificate to be issued by the local post office and given by the Collector personally along with wide press coverage and messages about the health of the mother and health of the child. (JSK will supply material relevant to the district on request). JSK-Prerna Strategy 3
  8. The strategy can be implemented by NGO’s or Community level organizations or through Anganwadi workers, ANMs, ASHAs. Funds will be released after the couples are selected and documents have been checked by JSK.
  9. Rupees 500 per awardee couple will be paid to the organization that helped identify the couples and got the authentication done on the recommendation of the District Collector/CM&HO. This amount would be paid only at the award ceremony.
  10. The amount of award will be transferred in the dedicated bank account “JSK-PRERNA” opened in respective State Health Society, through cheque/electronic.
  11. Payment to Post Office would be through account payee cheque for purchasing National Saving Certificates (NSCs).
  12. The award ceremony should be organized within the month when award amount received.
  13. A team to be constituted by District Collector for verification of 10% of total cases and verified list sent to JSK.
  14. List of the beneficiaries to be counter signed by the District Collector after verification from CMO/CM&HO/Civil Surgeon.
  15. A verification certificate may be issued by the district collector office

Partners: JSK seeks to implement its strategy in all districts of seven states namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh with different partners.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

(http://pib.nic.in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 20-March-2015)

Strong mechanism is required to regulate NGOs : Supreme Court

Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are now working without any regulation and doing what they want. Even many NGOs are doing unfair practices. The Supreme Court bench led by CJI Thakur appointed senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi and sought his views on how to fasten accountability on the NGOs when they are funded from the public exchequer.

Favouring a strong regime to regulate NGOs, the Supreme Court suggested that the Law Commission may look into the matter and make suitable recommendations to fill in the lacuna in legal provisions. A bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur appointed senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi as amicus curiae and sought his views on how to fasten accountability on the NGOs when they are funded from the public exchequer.

“They are getting money from all over the world… what is an NGO? Anyone can register a society and it becomes an NGO. There is no central legislation to ensure accountability… no legal brainwork done at the central level to control them. Unless some mechanism is put in place centrally, nothing can be done,” observed the bench.

It regretted that out of around 31 lakh NGOs, less than 10 per cent submitted details of their accounts with the registrar of societies and said that absence of a central law could be the reason for lack of regulatory regime. It asked PIL petitioner-advocate M L Sharma to hand over a copy of the petition and other relevant documents to Dwivedi, and added that if necessary, the court might refer the matter to the Law Commission for an in-depth study.

The first-ever exercise by the CBI to map registered NGOs had disclosed that India has at least 31 lakh NGOs — more than double the number of schools in the country, 250 times the number of government hospitals, one NGO for 400 people as against one policeman for 709 people. These statistics, indicating the relative status of education and healthcare infrastructure apart from policing, have come to light after the CBI collated information from all states and Union Territories to list NGOs registered under the Societies Registration Act.

The CBI was directed by the court to collect information about NGOs and inform whether these NGOs have filed balance sheets, including income-expenditure statements, to ascertain compliance with accountability norms.
(Source: http://indianexpress.com)

NGO organisers and relatives have to file assets and liabilities under the Lokpal Act

NGO leasers want to be escape

The implications of falling under the ambit of the Lokpal Act have discomfited many non-governmental organisations.
Two years after the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013 was enacted by the UPA government, the Centre’s decision to operationalise a couple of provisions has set off alarm bells among a large section of the NGO sector.

Three notifications from the Department of Personnel dated June 20, 2016, and an official memo on June 24, laid down the procedures and timelines for filing returns of public servants, the definition of which in the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act includes office bearers of NGOs.

Section 14 (1) of the Act includes directors, managers, secretaries and other officers of societies, trusts and associations of persons that receive more than Rs 10 lakhs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) under its ambit. It does the same in the case the organisations wholly or partly funded by the Central government if they receive an annual grant above a limit that may be fixed by it. (This has been set at Rs 1 crore.)

July 31 deadline
Earlier, Central government employees had been asked to file their assets and liabilities under the Lokpal Act. But what the June 20 notifications did was extend this to those working in NGOs and set the deadline for submissions of their returns to a designated authority by July 31.

Ironically, the Lokpal Act’s definition of senior employees of NGOs as ‘public servants’, thereby bringing them under the Lokpal and making them prosecutable under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (PCA), went through Parliament without a murmur. These were inserted at the insistence of civil society activists such as Arvind Kejriwal, now Delhi’s Chief Minister, who were campaigning for the legislations.

“As the Act was passed in Parliament and defines those who work in NGOs as public servants, the rules are the same and they are expected to follow it,” said K.S. Dhatwalia, spokesperson for the Home and Personnel ministries.

Specific target
But the notification which makes it mandatory for senior staff of NGO’s to provide details of cash, bank balances, immovable properties and loans of themselves, their spouses and dependent children has caused a deep discomfort within a section of the NGOs.

Refusing to buy the Centre’s argument that it is merely implementing what is prescribed already in the Act, there are some who believe that this is a part of the Centre’s strategy to target NGOs. The Home Ministry’s cancellation of the registration of 10,020 associations for violation of the FCRA is cited as evidence of this.

Says Aakar Patel, executive director of Amnesty India: “The present notification needs to be seen in the context of the actions of the government over the last two years, which has combined targeting of specific human rights NGOs and wholesale cancellations of FCRA registrations.”

Uniformly applicable
Privately, some members of NGOs admit they were blinkered in failing to notice the implication of being declared public servants under the Lokpal Act. Moreover, that it is also somewhat self-serving to continue to demand that disclosures be made by bureaucrats while seeking exemptions for themselves.

But what triggered the June notifications? According to official home ministry sources, it was the large amount of funds sent from foreign donors to Christian missionaries and Islamic organisations. On March 28, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) put two foreign donors — U.S.- based Compassion International and South Korea’s Family Federation for World Peace and Unification — under the “watch-list” after adverse reports from security agencies. A senior government official said these two associations were sending money to NGOs in India who were involved in proselytisation.

The issue found an echo in the Rajya Sabha last week when nominated MP Anu Aga pointed out that while “NGOs and charitable institutions work for the public, they are voluntary and regulated by several laws including the Charity Commissioner and the Registrar of Societies and Income Tax and FCRA. Trustees of these NGOs are not public servants because they give their time and some also give their financial support on a voluntary basis.”

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, NCP leader Sharad Pawar wanted the Centre to have a relook at the provisions of the Act.

Several NGO representatives have petitioned senior officials in the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) asking for a respite from the order. The Centre is considering withdrawing the notification and making amendments to the Lokpal Act.

(News source: Vijaita Singh and G. Sampath : The Hindu)

Now NGO members’ record is mandatory to declare to get Government Funds

The Central Government has made a number of things mandatory in order to regulate corruption and misuse of NGOs, particularly in their financial matters. It was already mandatory to obtain Unique Identification numbers and have them registered on the portal of NITI Aayog. Now, in an effort to improve transparency and to keep a check on transactions involving misuse and corruption, the details of PAN and Aadhaar numbers of all the position holders and trustees of the organisation must be registered as well. Failing to do so would render them unable to apply for funding from any ministry of the government.

The NITI Aayog came upon this decision on 9 May 2016. All ministries have been instructed to process applications for grants and assistance from NGOs solely through the NITI Aayog’s portal.
Furthermore, development of a system to assign unique identification numbers to all charitable trusts and societies was also decided in another meeting regarding this matter, along with the provisions of direct benefit transfers and enrollment of Aadhaar.
In accordance with the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, this is one of the steps to involve the use of Aadhaar in various schemes of the government. Inclusion of the Aadhaar provides the factor of an additional security as there is biometric data of the participants involved which can be used to identify the individuals.
Another notification to heed to in particular is a June 26 notification of the Centre. It states that, in accordance with the Lokpal and Lok Ayukta Act (2013), the members handling an NGO’s everyday operations will be treated as public servants if an NGO acquires government funding exceeding Rs. 1 carore. This limit is marked at Rs. 10 lakh per year in case of foreign funding.
The notification also says that trustees and office holders of the NGOs must declare their moveable and immovable properties, cash, personal assets and jewellery by July 31.
They are subject to rules and regulations for government officials under the Prevention of Corruption Act too.
While the notification and regulations are an effort to increase the accountability of the NGOs, the notification has also caused a little chaos and raised some fears as it is being interpreted as an attempt to increase the Centre’s control in these regards.
The motive behind these reforms is to ease the process of identifying, verifying and maintanance for the receivers as well as the donors.

NGO rescues burnt, beaten 6-year-old boy from house in Noida

NGO officials said the child was abandoned at the house by his alcoholic father after his mother died. Since then, he was living there. With several burn injuries on his legs, he is barely able to walk. He is so traumatised that he is unable to speak. And he is just 6. This child, who was brutally tortured at a house in Greater Noida, has just been rescued by an NGO.
Childline, an NGO, received information on Tuesday night that a child working in a house in Dadri could barely walk as he had burn injuries on his legs. “Acting on the tip-off, our team reached the house and rescued the boy. The condition of the kid was so bad that he could hardly walk. He was immediately taken to a shelter home and government officials were informed,” said Satya Prakash, programme manager, FXB Suraksha-Childline.
NGO officials said the child was abandoned at the house by his alcoholic father after his mother died. Since then, he was living there. It is suspected that the six-year-old was made to work in the house and brutally beaten up by the owners when he failed to complete his work. The name of the house owner, a businessman by profession, has been withheld as no FIR has been registered so far. “As the kid could not speak up, we have not registered a case, but we have informed the district administration and police,” Prakash said.
Members of the NGO also took the child for a medical examination at a government hospital. Several burns were found on his waist and lower body. According to doctors, he was burnt with some heated metal object.
“The wounds and scars on his body show that he was beaten up badly and his skin was also burned with a hot metal object. The scar marks are rectangular in shape. There are traces of old scars and several burn injuries were found at the same place,” a doctor who conducted the child’s medical examination said.
As the kid is still in trauma and his injury severe, the NGO is thinking of shifting him to a private hospital for better treatment.
“We are waiting for him to recover before we take further legal action. We are yet to record his statement. Till the time, he will stay in our shelter home and we will take him to a private hospital for better treatment,” Prakash said.
(http://indiatoday.intoday.in)

Instead of quick decisions SC questions to NGO on PIL

“We understand that our impression today is that you have no mechanism to scrutinise or verify the informations as to prima facie these informations disclose any fraud,” a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur said during the hearing of a PIL filed by CPIL challenging the grant of 4G licences to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL). “Your organisation should not become an instrument in the hands of commercial rivals of others and it should not appear that both of you work hand-in-gloves,” the bench, also comprising Justices AK Sikri and R Banumathi, observed while emphasising that there should be a credible mechanism to scrutinise the information before filing PILs. “When we entertain your petition, you must establish a credible mechanism of scrutiny. People of eminence should apply mind and certify that such a mechanism inspires confidence. We want to make sure that a petition filed by CPIL has gone through a particular process and is genuine,” the bench said.

Bhushan replied in negative that the NGO filed PILs in return for a consideration and said there was an executive committee of senior advocates like Anil Divan, Shanti Bhushan, Colin Gonsalves and others who decide on the filing of PILs. The bench said it was of the view that if there was a genuine mechanism to scrutinise information, there would be no problem if the NGO gets financial support for its functioning. When Bhushan said that CPIL has a research wing to look into the information and materials, the bench said there should be an investigating wing that can give a report so that credible attempt can be made.

“Petitions should not be on the basis of the raw information,” the bench added. Bhushan made an attempt to make it clear that it was aware of all the questions that was arising in the minds of the bench and said, “we do not have any personal interest.” He also said the PIL against the company was filed on the basis of the draft CAG report which had spoken about certain irregularities in the grant of 4G licence.

The bench asked why does not the NGO, instead of filing PILs, itself ask a particular individual or organisation to make their own efforts by approaching the court. “Why don’t you advise if they have any material and information, instead of you filing the PIL, they themselves can file the writ petitions,” the bench asked. Bhushan said there have been cases where whistleblowers themselves do not want to come forward and prefer NGOs to take up their cause as happened in the leaked e-mail case of Essar pointing towards the corporate-political-bureaucrat nexus. The whistleblower was within the company, he said.

While he was replying, the bench asked: “Have you ever thought that a person should set up a shop or business and open its door for public that I am a person ready to take up the matter and I am the ultimate messiah. I am here, why do you worry. I will take up the PIL.” The bench said the matters can be classified as that of environment and civil liberty etc. “Even the companies can approach you with complaints about competitors and send their executives with briefcases of documents,” the bench said, while adding that it was posing such questions since the CPIL had not filed one, but 50 PILs.

“We are just thinking it necessary to pose these questions. Its not about one matter. There are series of matters and you said you have filed 50 PILs. It consumes a lot of time of the court,” the bench said. It said there can be a committee to scrutinise the PILs to ascertain whether it was in genuine public interest. At the outset, the bench asked what kind of concept is it that anybody can walk in and just file a complaint or PIL? “Why should we hear PILs filed by CPIL? You are a professional litigant. Can you become a ‘centre’ for PILs?.”

“We will not allow the process to be taken for a ride. Any number of petitions are filed by you. We can’t allow you to be perpetual litigant,” the bench said. When Bhushan said the CPIL has filed 50 PILs, the bench wanted to know about the people behind them. “Who are the people behind the PILs? Are those people working in public interest or are they publicity hungry? We would like to go into all these things. We want to entertain the PIL by CPIL because the persons supporting the organisation should be genuine and eminent and we should be in a position to say it is a fit case to examine.

“Once your people say they have looked into the information, we presume that it is genuine. We would rely on the eminence of the people. It will help you and it will help us. No questions will be asked,” the bench said. Bhushan agreed with the bench that when information comes to them, these kind of issues are always raised. “There can be both public interest in the matter as well as commercial interest. As in this petition, commercial rivals of Reliance would have their own commercial interest,” he agreed.

(http://www.ibnlive.com)

‘Activists Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey attked by BJP MLA & supporters’

A day after NGO workers affiliated to organisations of activists Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey were attacked in Jhalawar, an FIR on the incident failed to directly mention local BJP MLA Kanwar Lal Meena. The activists had said that Meena was the one leading the attack against them.

The police, meanwhile, arrested four youths aged 20-22 years on Sunday for the attacks, which injured a dozen workers. Taking cognisance of media reports, BJP state president Ashok Parnami late Sunday issued a notice to Meena and sought a clarification within a week.
A copy of the FIR, talks of an ‘MLA’ four times without naming him. The activists have demanded the naming of the MLA (who represents Manohar Thana constituency) in the FIR, saying that the FIR has not named the MLA as an accused under point seven of the format [which seeks details of known/suspected/unknown accused]. The FIR mentions ‘unknown’ person, whereas the application given by Shankar Singh, one of the founders of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), twice mentions the MLA’s involvement. The activists allege that the police initially “tampered” with the complaint, adding ‘purv’ (former) wherever the ‘MLA’ was mentioned.
Jhalawar SP Rajendra Singh said, “They (activists) made an allegation against the MLA. They were told by people there that a person attacking them is an MLA. It is a matter of investigation.”
The MLA, though, claimed that he went to the spot with police “to mediate” after he got calls about the attacks. Aklera police station SI Manmohan said that Suraj, Ram Vilas, Lal Chand and Beeram were arrested in connection with the attack.

(http://indianexpress.com)

People make profitable ventures to NGOs to gain money : Kailash Satyarthi

New Delhi. Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has said some NGOs in the country work on an “agenda” and have been even used for conversions in India. Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014, for working towards freeing children from being employed in labour work through his ‘Bachpan Bachao Aandolan’.
He lamented that some international agencies funding NGOs have used them for serving their own agenda, including carrying out conversions and promoting violence. ‘Some NGOs work on an agenda’
“There are many kinds of people. Those in the corporate world and politics have also started NGOs to meet their ends. They have been used even for carrying out conversions. NGOs are becoming a money-minting machine in the name of poverty. They all have their own agendas,” he told ‘Panchjanya’ in an interview. He also cited the example in Delhi where investigations by police reveal that some organisations funded by Child Welfare Board lured poor children from across the country into Child Homes run by them for conversions. “No one should be lured to convert with money or other benefits. I am against such conversions,” he told the publication. Satyarthi also accused such organisations of dividing the NGO community and creating a rift between them in the country by luring some with donations and foreign travels.
“There are some organisations working in the name of social welfare are being funded by such agencies who claim to be working in this direction but their purpose is something else. It is my experience that such agencies lure NGOs with money, donations and foreign travels and try to divide the NGOs in the country,” he said.
The Nobel laureate lamented that in the last two decades some people have started NGOs with the objective of making it a profitable venture to uplift their careers and make money instead of serving humanity. “When people started getting foreign donations and government funding, then people set up such organisations to gain.
Now even ‘socialites’ and ‘fashionable civil society’ have come up. I have seen such people who have made a business out of social reform and social welfare. “In the last two decades, a section of NGOs have found a way to make a career for themselves instead of initiating social reform. People think NGOs are a means to make money and make their careers. I have seen those donating to such NGOs also have their own agenda,” he told the publication.
Satyarthi said many social organisations have raised issues and there is no harm in doing so, but when foreign agencies funding such NGOs dictate terms to raised such issues it is not good and wondered how the change will come. He said he only came to know of such instances after they raised the issues and later found that they were funded by such agencies which had vested interests.

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