State govt seeks details of Central funding to NGOs

The Times of India News Service

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government will be writing to the Centre to divulge the details of its funding to non-governmental agencies, to maintain a proper record of each NGO operating in the state.

The Centre is granting crores of rupees of funds to the NGOs working in the field of rural development, women and child welfare and other development activities, but it is not sending any details of the funding to the state government.

"It is increasingly becoming a difficult task to monitor the activities of the NGOs in the absence of proper funding records. Hence, we are requesting the Centre to furnish the details," Women and Child Welfare Minister S Saraswati told reporters here on Wednesday. The minister visited the Women and Child Welfare Department head office at Vengalrao Nagar to have a discussion with the CARA team, which is on a visit to inspect the adoption agencies in the state.

Admitting that in the absence of proper laws, the adoption agencies made a good business, Saraswati said the government has framed new rules to govern the adoption agencies in the state. "The new rules prohibit relinquishment of the child by the biological parents, without obtaining permission from the Women and Child Welfare Department," she said.

Women and Child Welfare Department director Shalini Mishra said the department officials conducted a raid on the premises of Action for Social Development at Gandhi Nagar in October last and found that he gathered 36 children in the home premises. The department immediately recommended the cancellation of his licence. "But Sanjeeva Rao obtained a stay order from the High Court, and we were forced to wait until the framing of the new rules," she said.

Referred by: Mukundan CM
Published on: April 28, 2001
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