Laws concerning NGOs hazy, says Supreme Court


New Delhi, Sept 14: The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that it is alarming and mind boggling that out of the 29.9 lakh NGOs only 2.9 lakh file IT returns. While appointing an amicus curae to suggest guidelines on how to regulate the NGOs ,  court adjourned hearing on the matter to Sept 23. A petition was filed seeking a directive to regulate NGOs in the country. It was pointed that there was no regulation and hence directions to this effect be issued.

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“The Supreme Court said that the laws relating to the regulation of NGOs is hazy. It is mind boggling that 29.9 lakh NGOs function in India and very few file the details of how they used the funds. There is a need for a legal framework to monitor NGOs,” the Supreme Court said. The Supreme Court was told by the petitioner that only 2.9 lakh out of the 29.9 lakh NGOs file IT returns. SC said that it finds the need to refer this issue to the law commission. The Law Commission may consider regulating NGOs across the country, the Supreme Court observed. There is no legislation to ensure accountability and timely audit of NGOs, the court also stated. While adjourning the matter to Sept 23, the court appointed Senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi as amicus curae to suggest what measures can be taken to regulate NGOs.

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Take farm suicides seriously, Supreme Court tells Centre


Direction comes on a petition filed by Punjab-based NGO

New Delhi, August 21

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to deal with the problem of farmers’ suicide more seriously instead of merely trying to bring down the number of such incidents.

“There should be no case of farmer suicide in the country,” the social justice Bench headed by Justice MB Lokur told Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand when she argued that such deaths had started declining since 2009.

The Bench asked the government to ascertain as to whether the suicides were linked to possible shortcomings in the National Policy for Farmers 2007 and review it if necessary.

Also, the MS Swaminathan committee should have brainstorming sessions quite often instead of meeting once a year to discuss farmers’ problems, it suggested.

It directed the Centre to file an affidavit in six weeks on the need for revising the 2007 policy.

In its affidavit filed earlier, the government had maintained that the number of suicides among farmers had come down from 17,368 in 2009 to 11,772 in 2013.

Further, the reasons for taking the extreme step were family problems, illness, drug addition, unemployment and dowry disputes. The Bench was hearing a PIL by Punjab-based NGO, Youth Kamal Organisation.

Source- Tribune India

55 bandhs since 2009 caused over 1000 man hour loss: NGO


ITANAGAR: Altogether 55 bandhs since 2009 in Arunachal Pradesh have caused losses of over one thousand man hours and over Rs 3000 crore in the state domestic product, according to a statement by Itanagar-based NGO.

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Compiling data of bandhs called by various students’ organizations and associations, most of which were confined to Itanagar and Naharlagun, the Arunachal Citizens Right (ACR) claimed that 1068 hours were lost due to bandhs since 2009.

The NGO also said financial losses incurred due to the 55 bandhs have resulted in the loss of Rs 3431.73 crore in terms of state domestic product, adjusted to inflation.

Besides these, ACR said 12 vehicles have been burnt while 41 have been partially damaged during these bandhs.

A ruling by the Supreme Court in 1997 had stated that “in the name of hartal or bandh or strike, no person has any right to cause inconvenience to any other person”, it said,

Source- The Economic Times