14 June, 2021

‘Govt Can’t Outsource Its Responsibility’

In 1984, the CPI(M)’s Prakash Karat kicked off a debate by criticising foreign-funded NGOs. More than two decades on, he takes a softer view but...

Tribhuvan Tiwari
‘Govt Can’t Outsource Its Responsibility’
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In 1984, the CPI(M)’s Prakash Karat kicked off a debate by criticising foreign-funded NGOs. More than two decades on, he takes a softer view, but remains critical of government outsourcing its responsibility. Excerpts from an interview with Lola Nayar:

What are your views on the growing partnership of policymakers with non-governmental organisations?

Government interaction with civil society has become the prevailing philosophy and norm in most parts of the world. In a sense, the government is saying it is outsourcing these activities to various NGOs, for which funds are being provided. It is a form of promoting privatisation, in that the state retreats from its responsibilities. For instance, in health, they say we can’t maintain a good public health system, so let the NGOs run it. Similarly in education, or other aspects of development. On the other hand, NGOs scrutinising government programmes is not bad, as it can bring in greater accountability and transparency. It is a...

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