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Action against 13000 NGOs is to gain political popularity by ruling Government

“Still some criminals and their supporters are still misusing social funds, resources and money in NGOs but Government is not taking action and not interested to. Ruling central Government and its supporter corporates only want to just make environment against NGO concept to gain complete power over governance of country so creating such scenerio.”

In India Government disapprove license and recognition of 4470 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in addition to the 8875 NGOs’ licenses were revoked for violation of the rules on foreign funds. The action taken against the NGOs who are violating the rules and guideline of Government in not new but Central Government wants a popularity to spread this as ‘news’ widely that it is taking action such NGOs like Greenpeace and Ford Foundation who are providing foreign fund to change and affect the political condition in India.
Taking action against such foreign funding based NGOs and funding agencies may be right in some way because there was a interpretation in the political activities by the foreign funding in India. But on the other hand maximum of the NGOs are not taking part in such ‘activities’ as the Government has taken action against few NGOs for misusing (according to the Government) foreign funds for political purpose.

Apart from taking action against such NGOs who are part of the activity that Central Government is taking action on foreign interference in India politics, there is lot of other malpractices are being made by some NGOs misusing the foreign funds for personal and business purpose. There are many complaints against such NGOs who are misusing foreign funds and using it personally in-spite of social purpose, but Government agencies, Home Ministry, Income tax department, police department and other related authorities have not taken any action against the financial offenders. So it is very clear that Government has not changed its system against corruption (as claimed before) in its departments and it is not improved real action pattern against such matters. So to provide notices in FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) violation matter it is just a stunt publicity to gain popularity in ‘Rashtrwadi’ voters, targeting the further elections of some north Indian states. If Central Government and its bureaucracy is really honest to take action against violation of rules then they must take action against such NGOs and persons who are running these NGOs where they are misusing the funds for personal purpose.
Out of the 20 lakh NGOs very few are in working condition. Among these working NGOs many of them are certainly questionable, they are not transparent, not democratic and using money for business and making personal assets. Some of the NGOs are using money for real and declared purpose. Government is not taking action against such criminals and their supporters who are not following certain laws and rules and fraudly making money that they are getting in the name of their NGOs. Just making a propaganda against (all) NGO just due to ‘concept, concern and action of NGO related persons’ the ruling party lost its position in Delhi election. Some political supporters of the ruling party are against NGO sector and NGO concept just due to this reason that they had loost in Delhi. One thing must be clear that if anyone or NGOs speak in favour of society, welfare, development and on improvement of social situation and society that means are they wrong? The ruling party is making such circumstances that NGO or NGO pattern is wrong. The persons won in Delhi election and came in ruling of Delhi they are transparent and honest on their part, if some one were wrong, they lost. The persons emerged and are in Delhi ruling never supported them, as the Central ruling party is supporting many offenders those have equal offenses of some political persons who went in jail or under prosecution.
One thing must be clear that the NGO persons, members, activists, political persons, religious persons, saints, government officials, judiciary persons and all are from the society where we exits, so it is obvious that the character of the persons in all sectors including NGO is developed and based on the situation of the society. The character of the persons emerged out of the society for various sectors and departments can be unfair, fair or completely fair. So how only NGOs are being identified as part of this wrong practices, in this reference what about police, judiciary, media, political, religious and other persons in different sector? Same, so if the persons in a sector are honest the part of that sector will improve otherwise it will not. So like the situation of the system it is required to change it in a positive way, and NGOs are not exception of this process. Still there are many NGOs and many activists working in positive way and in positive patters on that basis our society is moving towards right direction. Specially the persons from new generation are more positive in this positive process to improve the society. So fair NGO concept is acceptable concept for the change makers of society.
Participation of NGOs in development work in India is negligible. Share of development assistance in comparision to other countries is less in India. But the main factor is that many of these NGOs involved in activities that are essential for the survival of our democracy, such as holding governments and institutions accountable and defend the rights of marginalized and voiceless people. NGO are part of the ideas to strengthen democratic governance. In India there is a group of some corporates and politicians who want to establish their control over economy through ruling they are defaming the NGO sector to make their way clear so they can move ahead to complete ruling and governance.
In India there is a limited civil society space, and in the process to get total control over governance and principles of democracy, such as participation, human rights, transparency and accountability they do not want to emerge the NGO concept. In this way India will be like the countries such as Saudi Arabia, black holes are human rights, because there is no space for civil society. NGOs in India have an important role in maintaining situation of the socio-economic and human right issues. Most of the foreign funds provided to NGOs in India is for financial improvement and upliftment of livelihood of poor and marginalised Indians, so nothing is wrong to get it and use it for the said purpose in society. And in some human rights and democratic value issues the persons working with or running the NGOs take participation in human rights and other democratic and ethical rights issue nothing is wrong on political part. If it is not explained and taken on that part where some opposition party or parties are supported by some particular foreign funding groups then it must be increased transparently as the priority of the head of ruling team of Government is to improve the condition of India in global context.
(Analysis by: Ritu Raj)

NGOs are growing: 1 NGO for every 600 people in India

In India where had a weak civil society movement, growing number of NGOs. India could well be the land of opportunities for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the Central Bureau of Investigation conservatively estimating 20 lakh NGOs already operating in states and union territories.

The mind-boggling figures boil down to one NGO per every 600 people. Compare this to the latest government data on police. According to the latest figures from the Union home ministry.

But there is an accountability deficit among the NGOs. And that’s how CBI got into the picture as the Supreme Court responded to a PIL. Many don’t submit details of receipt of grant and spending to income tax authorities, the CBI told the apex court.

On the SC’s order, the CBI sought information from the states and UTs about operation of NGOs and status of audit of their funds. Major states — Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh — have provided no data about the number of NGOs operating in their territory.

Without the statistics from these major states, the CBI was informed by other states about the existence of 13 lakh NGOs making the agency conservatively estimate that their number could go well be over 20 lakh. In Uttar Pradesh alone 5,48,194 NGOs are operating.

Kerala had 3,69,137 NGOs, Maharashtra 1,07,797, Madhya Pradesh 1,40,000 and Gujarat has 75,729 NGOs. While Kerala and Maharashtra have given details of finances of the NGOs operating in their area, Madhya Pradesh gave partial information about their funding. Gujarat was completely silent.

According to information received through RTI queries by Asian Centre for Human Rights, the Union and state governments between 2002-09 released Rs 6654 crore to various NGOs, averaging almost Rs 950 crore per year.

For the financial year 2010-11, available data show that about 22,000 NGOs received a total of more than $2 billion from abroad, of which $650 million came from the US.

On a PIL filed by advocate M L Sharma alleging misuse of funds by Anna Hazare’s NGO Hind Swaraj Trust (HST), a bench headed by Justice H L Dattu had last year asked additional solicitor general Sidharth Luthra to engage the CBI to find out details of the funding of NGOs across the country and whether these were filing their income tax returns.

From the information made available by the state governments and presented in tabular form by the CBI to the Supreme Court, it was apparent that most NGOs had not filed income tax returns regularly.

Responding to the PIL alleging that large amounts of government funds were being doled out without taking proper account of utilization of grants by NGOs, Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (Capart) in an affidavit denied any wrongdoing by HST and annexed an audited account for the utilization of Rs 1 lakh.

Capart had given a grant of Rs 1 lakh to Hazare-led HST for watershed development in three villages in 1999-2001,but more than 90% of the money was spent on honorarium, travelling, printing and stationery, the Supreme Court was told.

In two years, the trust spent Rs 63,243 on paying honorarium, Rs 20,347.50 was accounted towards travel expenses and Rs 6,487.50 was spent on printing and stationery. This means, of the Rs 1 lakh granted for watershed development in three villages, the trust spent Rs 90,078 on honorarium, travelling and printing and stationery.

Capart functions under the ministry of rural development and assists over 12,000 voluntary organizations across the country in implementing a wide range of development initiatives.
(Source: Times of India)

Railway Force and NGO associated to Stop Suicides in Chennai

Southern Railways Madras zone has associated a NGO Sneha to stop suicide prevention programme in Chennai.
As part of the tie-up, Sneha running a helpline will feature prominently on the division’s promotional material which will be put up across the suburban stations. The NGO will conduct training and sensitisation sessions for Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel on identification and counseling of persons who might be on the verge of committing suicide.
In the run-up to the World Suicide Prevention day on September 10, a number of joint awareness campaigns have been planned. Special announcements regarding the campaign will be made at Chennai Central and Egmore stations. Videos about the campaign with the helpline numbers will also be beamed at the giant screens at these terminal stations.
such suicides on train tracks had been an issue that had not yet been discussed extensively. In this tie up, 15 stations and vulnerable locations had been identified for aggressive campaigns where people jumped in front of trains .

दिल्ली के उपमुख्यमंत्री सिसोदिया की संस्था समेत 4470 NGO के लाइसेंस रद्द

नई दिल्ली. केंद्र सरकार ने संदिग्ध गैर सरकारी संगठनों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई को आगे बढ़ाते हुए 4470 एनजीओ के लाइसेंस रद्द कर दिए हैं। इन एनजीओ में दिल्ली की डिप्टी सीएम मनीष सिसोदिया की एनजीओ ‘कबीर’ भी शामिल है। लाइसेंस रद्द होने के बाद अब ये संस्थाएं विदेशी धन प्राप्त नहीं कर सकेंगी। जिन एनजीओ के लाइसेंस रद्द किए गए हैं उनमें शीर्ष विश्वविद्यालय, सुप्रीम कोर्ट बार एसोसिएशन और एस्कोर्ट हार्ट इंस्टीट्यूट जैसे संस्थान भी शामिल हैं। बता दें कि नियमों के उल्लंघन के कारण इसी साल अप्रैल महीने में सरकार ने नौ हजार एनजीओ के लाइसेंस को रद्द किया था।
एफसीआरए के तहत जांच के बाद कार्रवाई
विदेशी योगदान नियमन अधिनियम (एफसीआरए) के तहत केंद्रीय गृह मंत्रालय ने इनकी गतिविधियों की जांच के बाद इनके पंजीकरण को रद्द करने का फैसला किया गया । इन संस्थानों ने कथित रूप से अपना वार्षिक रिटर्न नहीं भरा था तथा इनकी गतिविधियों में कुछ अन्य अनियमितताएं भी थीं। गृह मंत्रालय के विदेशी प्रभाग ने इन सभी संगठनों के एफसीआरए लाइसेंस रद्द करने से पूर्व इन्हें अपना जवाब देने के लिए पर्याप्त समय दिया था।
इन एनजीओ का लाइसेंस रद्द
जिन प्रमुख संगठनों के एफसीआरए लाइसेंसों को रद्द कि या गया है उनमें पंजाब विश्वविद्यालय -चंडीगढ़, गुजरात नेशनल लॉ यूनिवर्सिटी, गार्गी कालेज-दिल्ली, लेडी इर्विन कालेज-दिल्ली, विक्रम साराभाई फाउंडेशन और दिल्ली के डिप्टी सीएम मनीष सिसोदिया द्वारा स्थापित कबीर संगठन शामिल हैं।

(Source: Bhaskar)

यजीदी लड़कियों को गुलाम बनाकर खुले में गैंगरेप करते थे इस्लामी आतंकी

क्या उनका ‘धर्म’ यही करने को कहता है? असल में वे उस धर्म के सिद्धांतो के ही कट्टर विरोधी है जिसके लिए जाहीरा तौर पर गिरोहबंध हुए है. जब विपरीत धर्म वाले कोई गलत कारनामा करते है तो उनकी खिलाफत और अपने ही धर्म के नाम पर अपने धर्म के सिद्धांतों के खिलाफ किये जा रहे कुकृत्यों पर ख़ामोशी क्यों?

लम्बे समय बलात्कार और गुलामी से मुक्त महिलाओं की दर्द भरी दास्तान
सीरिया के रक्का में पिछले सप्ताह इस्लामिक स्टेट से मुक्त हुई यजीदी युवतियों और महिलाओं के साथ हुई खौफनाक ज्यादती सामने आने से उनके ‘जेहाद’ का असली रूप सामने आया हैं। महिलाओं ने खुलासा किया है कि इस्लामिक आतंकी उनके साथ सरेआम बर्बरतापूर्वक गैंगरेप करते थे। सिंजार कस्बे से आठ महीने पहले सैकड़ों महिलाओं को अपहरण किया गयाऔर इनके साथ इस्लामिक स्टेट के आतंकियों ने जमकर बलात्कार और क्रूरता की। अपहरण करके सामूहिक बलात्कार की शिकार कई बच्चे वाली महिलाओं भी है लेकिन कौमी जिहादी आतंकियों ने इन महिलाओं को भी नहीं बक्शा। आतंकियों के कब्जे से छूटकर आने के बाद यह असलियत सामने आई है कि अपहरण के बाद इन महिलाओं को आतंकियों ने अपना व्यभिचार शांत करने के लिए सेक्स स्लेव बनाकर रखा था। कुकर्मी आतंकियों ने सामूहिक बलत्कार के बाद कई महिलाओं का धर्म परिवर्तन करवा कर अपना खुद का ‘धर्म’ भी स्वीकार करवाया गया। महिलाओं के बयानों और आपबीति से तो यही लगता है कि ये क्रूर शैतान अपने इसी ‘धर्म’ के लिए कर रहे है. इन शैतानों के अधर्म के अलावा आखिर कौनसा ऐसा धर्म है जो सामूहिक बलात्कार करने और फिर अपना धर्म मानने के लिए कहता है? सिर्फ अपनी सुख सुविधा और शैतानियत के लिए ये लोग इस्लाम को बदनाम कर रहे है और इस्लाम के नाम पर इस्लाम के खिलाफ चल रहे है.

सरेआम सामूहिक बलात्कार
यजीदी पीड़ित महिलाओं की सहायता करने वाले संगठन ‘यजदा ऑर्गनाइजेशन’ के अनुसार कई बच्चों को उनके मां से अलग कर मोसुल और ताल अफर कस्बों में बांट दिया था। हर लड़की के साथ आतंकियों ने दर्दनाक हरकते की है। कई लड़कियों को इस्लामी लड़ाकों को बेच दिया था और बाद में वे उनके साथ जानवरों से भी बदतर सलूक करते। आतंकी इन युवतियों और महिलाओं के साथ बंद कमरों की बजाय सार्वजनिक तौर पर सबके सामने बलात्कार करते थे। बलात्कार के साथ इनको बुरी तरह मारा-पीटा भी जाता था और इनको कई तरह की यातनाएं दी जाती थीं। यहाँ तक कि आतंकी उन से जबरदस्ती खून देने के लिए भी दबाव डालते थे।

एमनेस्टी की रिपोर्ट में भी उजागर हुई है आतंकियों की असलियत
एमनेस्टी इंटरनेशनल ने नवंबर 2014 में आईएसआईएस द्वारा सेक्स स्लेव बनाई गई यजीदी महिलाओं पर रिपोर्ट तैयार कर जारी की। जिसमें बताया गया था कि लड़कियों के साथ कई बार बलात्कार किया गया और उन्हें कामवासना पूरी करने के लिए जबरन गुलाम (सेक्स स्लेव) बनाया गया। रिपोर्ट में यह भी लिखा गया है कि बच्चों को आईएसआईएस के लिए फाइटर बनाने के लिए बेच दिया जाता था। आईएसआईएस आतंकी यजीदी समुदाय को काफिर मानते हैं। वे यजीदियों की खरीद-फरोख्त को इस्लामिक कायदे का हिस्सा मानते हैं।
आखिर इस मामले पर धर्म के नाम पर बोलने वाले इस्लामी क्यों चुप है?

Organ Donation and Transplantation Provides Second Life

Enhanced awareness needed to encourage people to donate organs
(- Dr. H. R. Keshavamurthy)

Organ donation and transplantation provides a second chance at life for thousands of people each year. The growing disparity between the rich and poor, demand for human organs and availability of technology in the country makes the trading of organs a quick means to riches for some and a relief for others. Invariably Organ trade leads to exploitation of the poverty-stricken people by tempting them with financial gains to meet their immediate short-term financial needs.

Each year hundreds of Indians die while waiting for an organ transplant. The reason being there is acute imbalance between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant. While 2.1 lakh Indians require kidney transplantation annually, but only 3000 – 4000 kidney transplants are done. The situation is not very different in relation to heart transplants. While annually around 4,000–5,000 patients in India require a heart transplant, so far only 100 heart transplants have been conducted across the country. According to the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) 2012-13 report, only 4,417 corneas were available in 2012-13 against a whopping requirement of 80,000-1, 00,000 per year.  There are currently over 120 transplant centres   in India performing approximately 3,500 to 4,000 kidney transplants annually. Out of these four centres undertake approximately 150 to 200 liver transplants annually while some do an occasional heart transplant.

Finding a donor is the main issue in the country. Lack of awareness and improper infrastructure facilities are the main reasons behind the existing scenario. Administrative hurdles and conservative mindset further affect organ transplantation scenario in India.  There are a lot of myths associated with organ donation which needs to be addressed to solve this problem. Most Indians generally believe that it is against the nature and religion that body parts are mutilated. Some are suspicious that the hospital staff may not work hard to save their lives if they want organs. Others believe that there might be a temptation to declare them dead before they are actually dead. Lack of a centralized registry for organ donation acts as another major hurdle for the people to donate organs or get data about donors. Also, there is a problem of certifying brain deaths; if people are not aware of brain deaths; it becomes difficult to convince the relatives of the patients for organ donation.

Kidney transplants in India first started in the 1970s and since then India has been a leading country in this field on the Asian sub-continent. The evolutionary history of transplants in the last four decades has witnessed commerce in organ donation becoming an integral part of the program. The Government passed the Transplantation of Human Organ Act (THO) in 1994 which made unrelated transplants illegal and deceased donation a legal option with the acceptance of brain death. Overcoming organ shortage by tapping into the pool of brain-dead patients was expected to curb the unrelated transplant activity. But, despite the THO Act, neither has the commerce stopped nor have the number of deceased donors increased to take care of organ shortage. The concept of brain death has never been promoted or widely publicized. Most unrelated transplants currently are being done with the approval from an Authorization committee.

Government of India enacted the ‘Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act in 2011 which made provisions for simplifying the procedure for human organ donation. The provisions included retrieval centres and their registration for retrieval of organs from deceased donors, swap donation and a mandatory inquiry by the registered medical practitioner of a hospital in consultation with transplant coordinator (if available) from the near relative(s) of potential donor admitted in Intensive Care Unit and informing them about the option to donate and if they consent to donate, inform the retrieval centre for retrieval of organs.

In India, the potential for deceased donation is huge due to the high number of fatal road traffic accidents and this pool is yet to be tapped. At any given time, every major city would have 8 – 10 brain deaths in various ICUs. Some 4 – 6% of all hospital deaths are due to brain death. In India, road accidents account for around 1.4 lakh deaths annually. Out of these, almost 65% sustain severe head injuries as per a study carried out by AIIMS, Delhi.  This means there are almost 90,000 patients who may be brain dead.

It is not that people don’t want to donate, but that there are no mechanisms in hospitals to identify and certify brain deaths. Plus, no one empowers the relatives of a brain-dead person to save lives by donating his organs. Anyone from a child to an elderly person can be a donor. Organ donation from the brain dead – also referred to a cadaveric donation is still very low in India. While Spain has 35 organ donors per million people, Britain has 27 donors, US 26 and Australia 11, India’s count stands at a mere 0.16 per million people.

Donor Card

Signing a donor card is the first step in making your wishes about donation known. A donor card is not a legal document but an expression of one’s willingness to donate. While signing a donor card demonstrates one’s desire to donate organ after death, letting the family or friends know about the decision is very important. That is because family members will be asked to give consent for the donation. The decision will be considered final when they give consent. Vital organs such as heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, pancreas and intestines, and tissues such as corneas, heart valves, skin, bones, ligaments, tendons, veins, etc. can be donated in case of brain death.

THOT Rules

The recently notified Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Rules(THOT), 2014 has many provisions to remove the impediments to organ donation while curbing misuse/misinterpretation of the rules. To mention a few;

The medical practitioner who will be part of the organ transplantation team for carrying out transplantation operation shall not be a member of the Authorisation Committee constituted under the Act.

When the proposed donor or recipient or both are not Indian nationals or citizens whether near relatives or otherwise, the Authorisation Committee shall consider all such requests and the transplantation shall not be permitted if the recipient is a foreign national and donor is an Indian national unless they are near relatives.

When the proposed donor and the recipient are not near relatives, the Authorisation Committee shall evaluate that there is no commercial transaction between the recipient and the donor and that no payment has been made to the donor or promised to be made to the donor or any other person

Cases of swap donation referred to under subsection shall be approved by Authorisation Committee of hospital or district or State in which transplantation is proposed to be done and the donation of organs shall be permissible only from near relatives of the swap recipients.

When the recipient is in a critical condition in need of life saving organ transplantation within a week, the donor or recipient may approach hospital in-charge to expedite evaluation by the Authorisation Committee.

The quorum of the Authorisation Committee should be minimum four and is not complete without the participation of the Chairman, Secretary (Health) or nominee and Director of Health Services or nominee.

Every authorised transplantation centre must have its own website. The Authorisation Committee is required to take final decision within twenty four hours of holding the meeting for grant of permission or rejection for transplant and the decision of the Authorisation Committee should be displayed on the notice board of the hospital and the website within twenty four hours of taking the decision. The website of transplantation centre shall be linked to State/Regional/National Networks through online system for organ procurement, sharing and transplantation.

There would be an apex national networking organization at the centre. There would also be regional and State level networking organizations where large of number of transplantation of organ(s) or tissue (s) are performed. The State units would be linked to hospitals, Organ/Tissue matching Labs and Tissue Banks within their area and also to regional and national networking organisations. Such networks shall coordinate procurement, storage, transportation, matching, allocation and transplantation of organs/tissues and shall develop norms and standard operating procedures.

A National Registry on Donors and recipients of Human Organ and Tissue accessible on-line through dedicated website having National, Regional and State level specificities will come into force. National/Regional registry shall be compiled based on similar registries at State level. The identity of the people in the database shall not be in public domain.

NOTTO

National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) is a National level organization set up under Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India located Safdarjung Hospital New Delhi. Website of NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) has been launched recently.

NATTO has following two divisions:
National Human Organ and Tissue Removal and Storage Network
This has been mandated as per the Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act 2011. The network will be established initially for Delhi and gradually expanded to include other States and Regions of the country. National Network division of NOTTO would function as apex centre for All India activities of coordination and networking for procurement and distribution of Organs and Tissues and registry of Organs and Tissues Donation and Transplantation in the country.

National Biomaterial Centre (National Tissue Bank)
The main thrust & objective of establishing the centre is to fill up the gap between ‘Demand’ and ‘Supply’ as well as ‘Quality Assurance’ in the availability of various tissues.

Making organs a commodity is fraught with erosion of social, moral, and ethical values and is not an alternative that can be acceptable to meet organ requirements in a civilized society. The World Health Organization (WHO) in its statement on the sale of organs clearly states that it violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as its own constitution: “The human body and its parts cannot be the subject of commercial transactions. Accordingly, giving or receiving payment… for organs should be prohibited.” Enhanced awareness among people is needed to encourage people to donate organs. This requires involvement of the civil society, religious leaders and other stakeholders in creating awareness.

Govt. claims to be dedicated for Women empowerment and child safety

New Delhi, 17-March, 2015 | The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has said that the ministryis fully dedicated towards creating an enabling environment for empowerment of women as well as for the protection, care, safety and survival of children. Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi was replying to a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the working of the WCD Ministry. The Ministry has taken up new areas of activities, new processes and new ways of doing things, in the last few months, she said. These processes aim to produce more outcomes and results that impact positively on our mandated community which is women and children.

She said one of the most important challengebefore us is the declining child sex ratio (CSR) and female foeticide. The declining CSR is alarming and disturbing. The CSR has declined from 945 in 1991 to 927 in 2001 and 918 in 2011. Recognizing the need for urgent action, Government announced in the Budget Speech 2014-15, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) programme to empower the girl child and enable her education.

Giving further details about the work done over the last year, she said that the Ministry has started work on establishment of One Stop Centres for women who are affected by violence and has already requested the States and Union Territories to provide land for establishing One Stop Centre in each State and Union Territory. It will soon be extended to one centre in each district. These centres will provide legal, medical, psycho-social and police assistance to women who have suffered violence and will be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund. They will also be connected by an All-India Women’s Helpline.

On the issue of safety of children shesaid that the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) has brought several existing child protection programs, under one umbrella, with enhanced financial norms and also introduced several new features.To avoid kidnapping and for children in distress, Emergency Outreach Services are provided through CHILDLINE Service which is a 24-hour toll free emergency outreach telephone service (1098).

On March 5, 2015, the ministry has launched a major initiative in collaboration with Ministry of Railways to provide care and protection to children who come in contact with the railways.Assigned NGOs will work closely with Railway Station authorities for which a Standard Operating Procedure has been developed. Twenty railway stations have already been assigned such NGOs, the Minister said.

With a view to address the various programmatic, management and institutional gaps and to meet the administrative and operational challenges, Government has approved strengthening and restructuring of ICDS Scheme which include Special focus on children under 3 years and pregnant and lactating mothers and Community based care of underweight children (SnehaShivir) in 200 high burden districts among others. For the first time under the Scheme the approval and release of funds have been linked to the detailed Annual Action Plans prepared by all states in a participatory exercise involving the states. To tackle the problem of under nutrition a new invigorated National Nutrition Mission is being formulated. The Mission will involve a real time monitoring of under-nutritioned and mal-nutritioned children with extensive use of technology. The ministry is in the process of establishing state- of-the-art laboratories to monitor the quality of food and Take Home Rations being provided to women and children.

The Ministry has also reformed the STEP (Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women) and a very enthusiastic response to the new STEP scheme has been received by the ministry which was launched in December, 2014. Efforts are also being made to link women artisans directly to the market so that they are fairly compensated for their skills and for this purpose, women melas are being organized in different parts of the country. The Rashtriya Mahila Koshhas also been restructured so that it can be a strong instrument for skill development of women and provides a holistic solution to skill development as well as financial assistance for women to become micro entrepreneurs.

Smt Maneka said that she has already requested the Home Minister to examine the possibility of appointment of Special Police Officers (SPOs) to function as a bridge between the women affected by violence and the police authorities. The Ministry has offered to work with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Governments to work on this innovative method where young girls are trained to function as honorary special police officers. She also said that the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014, once passed, will address complex issues of heinous crimes committed by Juveniles as well as pave the way for making adoption of children easier in the country. It will also bring in the new concept of Foster Care which will enable children to be placed with willing families instead of putting them in children homes and orphanages.

The amendment to National Commission for Women Act, 1990 will be another instrument to strengthen the institutional infrastructure for providing safety and empowerment to the women in India, the Minister explained.

The Members of the House also gave various suggestions and ideas which can help to create a safe and secure environment for women and children in the country.

Govt Cancels FCRA of 1,142 NGOs

New Delhi, Mar 17, 2015 : Cracking down on erring NGOs, government has cancelled licences of 1,142 NGOs belonging to undivided Andhra Pradesh, under which they get foreign funds, for not filing their annual returns for three consecutive years.

The foreigners division of the Home Ministry has served notices to NGOs on October 16, 2014 for not filing their returns for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act and given time to reply within 30 days.

As many as 510 notices have been returned by the postal authorities undelivered due to various reasons, including shifting of the address.

There is no reply from the remaining 632 NGOs.

Exercising the power conferred by Section 14 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010, the central government cancelled certificate of registration of 1,142 NGOs that include 510 organisations to whom notices were sent but returned undelivered and 632 NGOs from whom no reply has been received to the notices within the stipulated period, an order issued by Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry G K Dwivedi said.

Early this month, government has said that 69 NGOs have been blacklisted from receiving foreign funds after finding faults in different aspects.

Among those NGOs which were prohibited from receiving the foreign funds include 14 from Andhra Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, five each from Gujarat and Odisha, four each from Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala and three from Delhi.

Government had also initiated action against 26 NGOs in current fiscal after finding “irregularities” in receiving foreign contribution while 14 foreign donors have been placed under prior approval category.

On February 25, government told Parliament that more than 31,000 NGOs were served notices for not filing annual returns on their foreign contribution.

In 2011-12, notices were sent to 21,493 associations which were found to have not submitted annual returns under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 for 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09.

In 2014, notices were issued to 10,343 associations which had not filed annual returns for 2009-10 to 2011-12.

(NGO News from: http://www.outlookindia.com)

“Government is concerned about the prevalence of child marriages”

New Delhi : The government on Friday raised concerns over prevalence of child marriages in the country which has shown an increasing trend in last three years.

In her written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said that the National Crime Records Bureau data for three years from 2011 to 2013 shows an increasing trend in child marriages.

The minister said, 222 cases of child marriage was reported in 2013, 169 in 2012, while 2011 had recorded 113 such marriages in different parts of the country.

“Government of India is concerned about the prevalence of child marriages in the country and put in place necessary legislation viz. Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 to tackle the problem,” Gandhi said.

Responding to another question, the minister said, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has registered 31 complaints of exploitation and abuse of children in protection homes and child care institutions including orphanages between 2011 and 2015.

Gandhi also said five complaints have been received in the ministry since 2012 regarding sexual exploitation of women inmates in Swadhar Homes and trafficking of women and children.

(News from: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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